Missionaries on the foreign field are truly heroes of the faith. These are the men and women on the front lines of the army of God. While we here in America live a life of comparative luxury and ease, they face hardship and loneliness; they sometimes face dangers that look more like an adventure movie than the tranquil lives that most of us live. While some serve in conditions that might not be too unfamiliar with our own surroundings, others live lives that resemble an Indiana Jones or James Bond character. They face very real risks, and on occasion die for the cause of The Gospel of Jesus Christ.
What are you doing for Jesus? Have you faced anything more threatening than cursing by a drunk when handing out tracts? Are you waiting for God to send some sort of unmistakable sign that He wants you to be a missionary on the foreign field? These missionaries didn’t. They read God’s word and did what He said: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) They did what a popular advertising slogan said: “Just do it.” If God wants you to do something else, He will close the doors. Don’t wait for Him to open doors and extend an invitation – He already did that. Keep going through the doors until God closes them. If you’re interested but don’t know where to start, the missionaries listed here will be glad to hear from you and get you started on the road to serving God as a missionary. The DeLand School of The Bible is a good way to gain the knowledge you’ll need.
How can you help?
Every missionary you’ll talk to will tell you that the number one need is prayer. Diligent prayer for our missionaries is absolutely vital. On the missionary pages on this site, you will find specific prayer needs for each of these missionaries – please make this a regular part of your prayer life.
Another important way to help is to get personally involved with the missionary families. They often live in a culture that is so radically different from what they are used to that they begin to feel isolated. Write to them. Send them birthday cards. Send them choir tapes (hymns in a language other than English just aren’t the same). Don’t just send an email – nothing compares with receiving an envelope in the mailbox. Include photos of church activities and other things to help lessen the sense of isolation. It is very important that you send your mail to their field address. Mail sent to their home church or their support address will probably just sit in a box until they are back home on furlough.
When writing, understand that mail delivery is far less reliable than we are accustomed to in America. Don’t be surprised if it is delayed for weeks, or if it is simply lost. Mailing packages can be very risky. Packages are always welcomed, but don’t send anything of significant value – there is a good chance that it will not arrive (but try anyway).
Financial support is always needed, but never more than it is now. The declining value of the dollar means that what was once sufficient funds to carry on the work, now buys less and less. Please consider financially supporting the work of these families on the front lines of the work of Jesus Christ. The harvest is great – the laborers are few.
|MISSIONARIES RECEIVING REGULAR AND/OR DESIGNATED SUPPORT|
|Gates, David||Dearborn, MI|
|Haynes, Joel||Navajo Nation|
|Holt, Steve||Sierra Leone|
|Moris, Matthew||Hinckley, MN|
|Mustard, Stephen||Sierra Leone|
|Seremak, Kenny||Papua New Guinea|
|Sorrell, Stephen||Sri Lanka|
|Wells, Brad||Washington, DC|
|Wings of Faith Girls’ Academy||Missouri|
THE BIBLE Baptist Church provides financial support to these missionaries. We are not a missions board. Please note that we specifically do NOT provide transportation or logistical support or emergency evacuation or medical assistance or other direct services to missionaries. That is simply beyond our capabilities, and each of the missionaries that we support are fully aware of this and are responsible for making their own arrangements.