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Much Ado about Missions: Introduction

on July 11, 2013

Much Ado about Missions

I’m very excited to introduce you to a bloghop series taking place here over the next few weeks – Much Ado about Missions! This series has been in the works for over a month now and I’ve been eagerly anticipating the kick-off!  Since I spent the majority of my growing up years as an MK (missionary kid), global missions is a subject close to my heart.  But lately, I’ve been plagued by questions of  Am I doing enough? and What else can I do?

I’m very blessed to have two other bloggers join me in this missions series, as we attempt to answer some of these questions.

           My sister Sarah, from Love Notes,  not only grew up on the mission field, she also elected to return to PNG  (Papua New Guinea) for a while during her single years.  Currently, she and her minister husband serve at a church in Ohio, as well as at the local city mission.  She is also mama to a step-daughter, an adopted child, and several foster children.

     My blog-savvy cousin Angie, from My Four Monkeys, is a homeschooling mama of four.  Angie writes all over the web for companies like Tommy Nelson and Alex Toys, as well as on her own blog.  She also serves faithfully in her local church, alongside her husband.

So what’s the big deal about global missions anyway?  We’re all called to be missionaries where we live, right?  We should be sharing the gospel in our homes, with our neighbors and co-workers, and so forth.

missions waiting for good news Source of info: The Joshua Project

The big deal is that nearly one-third of the world’s total population remains unreached, meaning these people have had little to no opportunity to hear the message of salvation!  They often live in fear of evil spirits or gods and sometimes even participate in horrors like witch-burnings and ritual killings out of those fears.  Some are trapped by societal boundaries of caste systems or governmental boundaries such as communism.

While we here in America are blessed to find churches on many street corners and  bibles not only in our own language, but also in a plethora of translations, our overseas friends are not.  Even driving down the highway, we often see crosses or billboards proclaiming God’s truth.  And with the rise of the Internet, the possibilities are further increased!  Those unsaved relatives, friends, and neighbors might not know Jesus personally, but most of them at least know of Him.

But for a tribal man, woman, or child in an unreached location, the gospel message is simply not present. By some estimates, the ratio of American churches to unreached people groups  is 140:1.  One hundred forty American churches for every one group of people still waiting to hear the Good News! Are you as surprised by that number as I am?  As a minister’s wife, I know the unsaved are with us here too, but the need for these unreached people groups is even more urgent yet often more easily ignored.  They have no neighbors who believe, no Bibles to read, no billboards, no Internet, no gospel tracts, no revivals, no churches, no outreach ministries… nothing to connect them with life-giving Good News!

We have a responsibility as Christ-followers  to reach out to the unsaved on all levels – within our families, our local communities, our countries, and yes, even our world! Let’s not forget our overseas brothers and sisters who are without hope.

go ye

We must be involved with global missions in some way (even if we can’t physically go ourselves), and we must teach our children the importance of reaching the unreached, whether they live nearby or  halfway around the world. Not to be “good” Christians or to pat ourselves on the back but because…

People.

 are.

 dying.  

without ever having even a single opportunity to hear of the Father’s great love for us, without a chance to experience true freedom.

Please take a moment to view this powerful message from the Joshua Project. I promise it will be worth your time! Be sure to watch it to the very end – the last few seconds are important.

So, what can we do?  We may not all be able to go at this point in time, so how can we reach out beyond what is comfortable to us? How can we foster a missions mindset in our homes?  I’ll be honest with you that I struggle with these questions.   What exactly does the Lord require of me and our family in regards to missions?

I don’t have all of the answers, even for myself.  My husband is a pastor and much of our “missions” work occurs right here in our neighborhood, but I am convinced that I must not forget that there is a world of dying, unreached people out there, as well.  I hope this series will answer at the least a few of those questions for us and for you, our readers.

We are excited to share with you some amazing materials and methods for teaching missions in your home or in your church, as well as ways to experience missions as a family, and even ways to pray specifically for the most unreached people groups of the world.

In addition to my own posts, I’ll be sharing links to the other bloggers’ posts both here on Being Confident of This and on the facebook page. I hope you’ll join us for the next few weeks as we explore the area of global missions! 

The first post, 8 Resources for Teaching Missions in the Home, is live now!

Jen 🙂

For more statistics on why the need is so great, read here:

http://writtenreality.com/209-million-is-a-very-big-number/

http://weheartnepal.wordpress.com/2013/06/24/life-in-the-fll-why-we-do-what-we-do-part-2/


23 responses to “Much Ado about Missions: Introduction

  1. Thanks so much for this post, and for linking to Grace at Home! The timing for me is amazing. Right at this moment I’m writing a post about missions, for God has just called my oldest son to international missions!

    • How amazing! I was surprised at how God has put this topic on so many hearts at the same time (although, I shouldn’t be). God has been speaking to my husband and I lately, as well. The direction isn’t clear to us yet, but we know He wants us to be open to whatever He has in store. Where will your son be heading?
      Jen 🙂

  2. Gail says:

    I’ve been reading missionary biographies lately and they are always very convicting about the purpose of our lives. Yes, missions is important and should be more a part of every Christian’s life. Thanks for spending time on this subject. And thanks for linking to TGIF.

  3. Wonderful series!! I am excited about this!!! Yes -so much of the world remains unreached…still. The country I live in has a population of 4.5 million and only 7,000 born-again Christians. Some regions are completely void of gospel-preaching churches…I just spoke with a lady today who has to drive to another town to go to church – and sometimes doesn’t make it – because there isn’t one near her at all. Some don’t even have THAT option. There is still so much work left to be done before Jesus Christ returns!

    • Amen, Rosilind – so much work to be done! In Papua New Guinea we lived in the highlands region and there are still some very isolated tribes those mountains that are difficult to reach even by hiking, many of which have never even heard the name of Jesus. Thanks for stopping by!
      Jen 🙂

  4. Krystle says:

    Thank you for this message!! I finished reading “Radical” by David Platt about a month ago and missions has been on my heart a lot! I know God wanted me to read this to remind me about how great the need for Christ is and how an abundance of people need to hear the good news!

    Pinned it! Thanks for sharing with us at One Sharendipity Place this weekend!!

    • I have not heard of that book, Krystle, but it sounds interesting. I’m glad the Lord was able to use this to give you a gentle reminder. 🙂 Thanks for sharing it!
      Jen 🙂

  5. […] through our front door. Passionate about local missions? That’s coming up too! Check out the introductory post and stay tuned for series […]

  6. Emily says:

    Excited to follow this series! I found you on Pinterest via One Sharendipity Place. I’ve linked to that blog as well and would love for you to visit my site–all about our mission work in Liberia! 🙂
    Lemliberia.wordpress.com
    Blessings!!
    Emily

    • Emily, I’m so happy to meet you! When my parents were planning to head overseas, they were originally headed for Liberia! But then civil war broke out and missionaries were being evacuated, so we ended up in Papua New Guinea instead. I will definitely stop by and visit your blog. (Isn’t technology wonderful!)
      Jen 🙂

  7. Debbie says:

    As a missionary it is exciting to see another blogger who wants to motivate others in the area of missions.

    • Yes! It’s amazing to see God work in so man hearts at once. 🙂 My family were missionaries to Papua New Guinea during my high school years. What country are you in, Debbie?
      Jen 🙂

  8. Thank you so much for sharing. I will definitely be staying and following. If you read my latest called “Call to Action for All Missionaries” you’ll understand why.

    • I’m so glad to hear you plan to follow along! There should be a new post out sometimes today on My Four Monkeys. I will definitely check out the post you mentioned. Glad to hear from a like mind.
      Jen 🙂

  9. Missions is near and dear to my heart. I can’t ‘go’ but my children have gone to Ukraine and South Africa. I can pray for missionaries. Thanks for sharing such an important post over at WholeHearted Wednesdays this week. Have a blessed weekend.

    • Thanks, Judith. Praying is important and will be our focus in week 3 of the bloghop. I’ll be sharing a really neat acronym for remembering the most unreached people groups. This series has been a good reminder for me. I hope your weekend is lovely as well!
      Jen 🙂

  10. […] Missions blog-hop series, and I can’t believe how quickly it has gone!  If you missed the Introduction, be sure to read it, and if you missed Week 1, all about teaching missions in the home, you can […]

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  13. […] children and even the generations to come.  Like Solomon’s task, our task is also great, for a whole world of lost people is at stake! The key is remembering who our children ultimately belong to.  Solomon recognized that He was […]

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