Why Would I Say No to a Missionary?

I had a world changing meeting at Cracker Barrell this morning.  I had the privilege to sit down with a young couple committed to reaching college students for Christ.  Their story was like many other missionaries.  God has called them to make a difference in a specific part of our world and they are in the process of raising their personal support.  By that I mean, they are working full time in their ministry and are looking to identify potential financial backers who will give regularly to their ministry.  And they were asking me and my family to pray about becoming a financial and prayer partner.  The answer is yes.  It is always yes.  Why would I say no to a missionary?  Old kingdom guys like me are praying for young kingdom guys like them to take up the torch to do the work of the kingdom.

 

Old kingdom guys like me are praying for young kingdom guys like them to take up the torch to do the work of the kingdom.

 

Like every believer I have a pool of money that I give to kingdom causes (church, missions, community) every year.  Ultimately, all this money is the Lord’s and I look to Him to help me direct it to the places He wants me to invest it.  It is not a big pot of money but it is enough that I can afford to invest in a new ministry.  At least a little bit.  And the fact that someone would reach out to me and want to share their ministry with me might very well be an opportunity from the Lord for my family.  And an opportunity to encourage one of God’s workers!

 

Even a household with the average American wage of $50,000 a year after taxes will have around $4000 a year to invest in Kingdom endeavors if they tithe (which by the way we think is a Biblical concept).

 

$50,000            Annual Gross Income

$10,000             Minus Taxes (20%)

$40,000            Net Income

 

$4,000               Annual Tithe of Net (10%)

 

I went to a conference a few years ago where there were a lot of national directors for many mission agencies and they were talking about the greatest needs of the World Christian Movement and they mentioned the top two 1) we need workers to go into full time ministry 2) we need for the Body of Christ to see their responsibility to financially back these ministers.

 

Romans 10:14-15 says it this way

 

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

 

It is time for the Body of Christ to take seriously our responsibility to send these workers to the field that God has called them to.  One of the greatest things we do with our finances is make sure that the Kingdom workers have all the resources they need to do God’s work.

One of the greatest things we do with our finances is make sure that the Kingdom workers have all the resources they need to do God’s work.

In this day and age, we honor the military in our country who protect us and keep us safe.  As a country, we need to make sure they have all they need to do their job.  In like manner, we need to make sure that our Kingdom workers (church and missionaries) have what they need to represent us to the ends of the earth and do their job.

Practical Application

Next time a kingdom worker asks you to meet with them to tell you about what God is asking them to do.  Meet with them.  Just meeting with them will be an encouragement to them.  If they ask you to give, pray about giving to them.  Really ask the Lord if He would have you invest a little of His giving money towards this worker.  We have a great privilege to connect with those who are on the front lines and we owe it to them to do what we can to send them on their way encouraged that there are folks like us who are excited to be involved in the work of the King.  Who knows- your partnership might be most rewarding thing you do with some of your Kingdom giving this year.

 

Tim Howington is Executive Vice President for Freedom 5:one and is one of our Financial Life Coaches.  He lives with his wife Terri and son Josh in Rogers Arkansas.

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