When I tell people that missionaries are my unreached people group they just stare at me. Which proves my point that missionaries may be the last frontier of world missions.
Plenty of unreached people groups exist all over the world. It takes a lot of effort to reach them, and by God’s grace we will reach them.
But missionaries are in your own backyard, in your neighborhood and in your churches. Whether of retirement age or twenty-somethings who have yet to be sent out, missionaries have unique needs that most of you are ignoring.
That’s why missionaries are my unreached people group. They need to be reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Oh, they know the Lord. They love and serve the Lord. But who loves on them? Who shares the love of Christ with them?
Some of you know how to do love on missionaries. Your missionaries are reached. Keep it up.
Most of you don’t take the time to love your missionaries, to ask them the hard questions, to spend time to see how their past term went. Where is your compassion? Why don’t you show missionaries generosity?
Some of you are church and mission agency leaders who know better. Why do you continue to ignore the needs of missionaries in favor of “vision” and “strategy”?
Praise God for pioneer missionaries who have taken the gospel over the centuries to people’s who have never heard. These final frontiers have been turned into Christ communities by God’s grace and the goodness of missionaries who have sacrificed personal gain to establish God’s glory among the unreached.
Missionaries sacrifice a lot personally, professionally, familially, socially and financially. It wouldn’t hurt us to do some special things for them from time to time.
Missionaries as a people group speak your language (I’m speaking now to the American community). You don’t have to move halfway around the world to reach them. You don’t have to change your lifestyle, give up your job or say goodbye to your family.
All you need to do to reach missionaries is:
- spend time with them
- ask them hard questions like “how is your marriage?”
- provide them opportunities to grow
- listen to their stories
- send them on a vacation or weekend getaway
- visit them on the field
- tell them thank you for serving
Missionaries have the same problems as you and I do but due to the nature of their cross-cultural lifestyles, their problems are more intense and more varied. People treat them as hands off. But missionaries need to be treated with hands on care so that they can live effective lives and ministries.
If you don’t know how to love on missionaries (I bet you can figure it out though) read my blog. Or send me a note and I’ll be happy to talk with you and help you or your church or your agency to come up with an effective, God-honoring missionary care plan.
Are missionaries, the people in the body of Christ who have chosen to obey the command of Christ to preach the gospel to the nations, worth a little bit of your time, energy, finances and love?