And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Colossians4:3 (NIV)
Prayer is essential to the work God does in the world. One of the best things I do to keep up with what different missionaries is read their stories. It used to be you had to wait till they came back from a long term trip to hear the stories and see pictures. Now with today’s technology, email and blog pages give us instant updates. Follow missionaries’ prayer email letters or visit their blogs and find out what God is doing in other countries. Pray for their specific needs. Another thing you can do is stay updated on current events in the world.
And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:15 (NIV)
Missionaries were sent at the time of Paul. Sending missionaries to the mission field involves giving financially. That is why prayer and support letters are given out to those who send. It gives you the opportunity to be a part what God is doing in the world, especially if you are not able to go yourself. Another part of sending missionaries is writing encouraging letters. It can get lonely out there and reading emails and letters can really make a different in a missionary’s long term stay in another country.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8 (NIV)
A small but powerful word. Go! It involves stepping out in faith. Even though it doesn’t always make sense on paper, just know God will provide a way when you obey. He will use your gifts and talents. And if going long term doesn’t fit in your plans, try a short term trip. Find out what trips your local church has planned and get a glimpse of what God is doing in the world. Then take that experience and pray and ask if he is speaking to you to do something more.