Our goal at Bethany is to see more people enter into the Kingdom of God. This is our desire which we train to accomplish. We want to partner with God in his work, reaching those who have never heard of Christ in hopes that they will be brought to belief.
This post is to simply inform you of some ways that people have engaged in the effort to evangelize the nations. There are five different roles I will write about. Mind you though, that these roles can be blended together at times. I would encourage you to look over each of these profiles and see if there’s anything stirring in your heart. Ask the Lord and see what he says. Keep your heart soft and your ear perked.
The Roles of Missions:
Intercessor: One who locks themselves into a lifestyle of prayer and fasting, interceding for the Lord of the Harvest to sends out laborers into the harvest field (Matthew 9:37-38). A daily commitment of intercessory prayer for the nations may be easy to start, but to continue in it takes the help of God’s Spirit.
Enabler: One who operates more in the political arena. The heart behind being an Enabler is to open the doors, by any means, to countries closed to the Gospel, enabling missionaries to enter into the area and preach the Gospel.
Sender: One who sends and supports missionaries financially or with other resources. Being a Sender involves saying “no” to a lot of small conveniences here in America. Though there is nothing ethically wrong with having this or that, it will inhibit you from giving with all your might. It’s all worth it though when you see yourself being used by God to provide.
Goer: One who (get this) goes to the mission field. Goers live among the people and preach the Gospel in such away that connects the story of Jesus with their cultural values. Goers may take the form of doctors, nurses, preachers, businessmen, teachers, or a plethora of other occupations.
Mobilizer: One who mobilizes the church, serving as an activist and spokesman for missions. A Mobilizer presents the great need for people to go to the mission-field, and works to connect missionaries with mission agencies.
Like I said before, these roles in missions can be blended together and aren’t entirely polarized from each other. If given the opportunity, we should help to fulfill each one of these roles. If we have the ability and opportunity to give, we should give. If voting will enable us to change things, we should change things by voting. Pray for the nations, encourage people to go, and if you feel led, go yourself.
The important thing to remember is to not stress yourself out with trying to do everything. That’s not the point of this post. Ask the Lord to show you one role that you would excel in, then do it with all your might.