Southern Baptist Missions

Discussion in 'Missions / Witnessing / eVangelism' started by Salty, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. Salty

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    In my thread about IB missions, Gregory mentioned "In the nearly 9 years I have been there there has only been ONE serving IMB missionary that has come and told of their work...."


    If you are a SBC church, does your church have an active missions program. Do you invite missionaries to come and present their field to you?

    How can a local church improve its missions mindness?
     
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    A pastor from NC has been accepted by NAMB to start a work in the Salt City. We have had Ronnie come and preach at our church. What a blessing he has been.
     
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    What I am now disappointed in is that NAMB missionaries are having to raise their own support.
     
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    Is it because in the past too many NAMB's were not effective?

    In this case, Ronnie works part time as a Business Chaplain, and his wife also has a part time job.

    I'm sure Ronnie would appricate any assistance.

    He currently has a Bible study on Sat nights - and is trying to start two more.

    In fact, tomorrow, I will be stopping off to see someone, who might be interested in having Ronnie coming to their home for a Bible study.
     
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    International Mission Board to experiment with having missionaries raise own support:

    http://www.imb.org/main/news/details.asp?StoryID=13483&LanguageID=1709

    http://www.imb.org/main/news/details.asp?StoryID=13132&LanguageID=1709

     
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    No SBC missionaries. We are a long way from everywhere, so not expecting much. Though our state and CBF have made the journey. I'm sure if I wanted SBC missionaries to really be here, called and hassled somebody, they would find someone, not worth the hassle.

    They do manage to send a certificate each year for our mission giving, so I guess that's something.
     
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    The Pastor has to make it a priority.
     
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    Absolutely!

    and our DOM attempts to arrange missionaries to participate in a round-robin arrangement every year.
     
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    So am I.


    It has been a minute since I have heard an IMB missionary speak, though I do interact with a number via social media.
     
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    But then I interact with many missionaries, IMB or not, via social media.
     
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    I don't know about Southern Baptist but we're having our missions conference next week at our church. About half of our missionaries will be in town to meet with us, preach, meet in the small groups, etc. It will be a great time getting to know some and seeing others we haven't seen in 5 years. :) I think if they can make it, wonderful but many have a lot of work where they are and it is difficult for them to get back home.
     
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    1. By calling Richmond and requesting Missionaries to come speak

    2. Inviting National Pastors to come speak at American Churches

    3. ON-line Biblical training

    4. Mission Trips with a purpose and not as vacations

    5. Planting other ethnic churches here in the US. Here in Greenville SC, we have a huge population of: German, Russian, Mexican, French, Vietnamese and many others
     
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    It will be good for them. :thumbsup: Best of all, as they contact people to raise support they'll get invaluable prayer support along with the finances.
     
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    I disagree. They end up spending to much time raising money instead of in the field. Also when the new pastor comes in with a "new" vision for the church the missionary loses the support all to often. It is the worst way to do it.
     
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    I don't say it is not difficult and I don't say there are no negatives. A few churches have dropped us down through the years when a new pastor came in (including one SBC church :)). Not many and not "all too often" though. But here are the positives of deputation:

    1. Getting prayer support from a wide variety of churches.
    2. Learning how many different churches do various ministries.
    3. Fellowshipping and talking about the ministry with many different pastors, even getting advice from them. As Dr. Monroe Parker told me when I started deputation, "John, deputation will be like a seminary course for you." And it was so.
    4. Making close friends among both the leadership and members in the pews of various pastors.
    5. Seeing America with your family. (We've been to the Grand Canyon, Hawaii and many other places on deputation.)
    6. Ministering in a wide variety of churches in preaching, Sunday School, conferences, camp, etc.

    That #4 is a big one. My wife's best friend came from a supporting church, and she and one or two other friends from that church visited us on the mission field every year for our last few years in Japan. We wouldn't have gotten to know them if we hadn't gone on deputation to raise money for Japan.

    Also, some of the pastors of our supporting churches I count as true friends. Just Saturday we received a package from one of our supporting churches going back to the beginning of our ministry, and they had had made for us a beautiful wooden plaque saying, "John and Patty, Thanks for being our missionaries for 33 years in Japan." We were deeply moved. The pastor actually credits me for inspiring him to be a soul winner! I wouldn't trade the blessing of knowing that church and those dear people for a million dollars, but I wouldn't have known them if I had not gone on deputation.
     

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