Mr. and Mrs. Big Dog

The other evening at the young married’s event, Darrel B. and I were discussing the pros and cons of employing nationals to do mundane tasks like cooking, cleaning, and washing the car.

Pros:

Provides jobs for nationals

Makes sense to the nationals in a culture that has a strict hierarchy where the foreigner is in the upper level

Frees the missionary to do mission work

Its a witnessing opportunity

Its cheap

 

Cons:

Solidifies the image of wealth

Does not promote equality

Sets a precedent for people in ministry to live a posh life

It is true that simply being in another country often gets a missionary an automatic dollar sign stamped on his back. After all, how did he have the money to buy those air fares? I think there are many situations where it makes sense to hire locals. Yet as Darrel pointed out, I think we do well to consider what the Bible’s teaching on equality means for mundane tasks.

Missionaries and Money

As middle class Americans, we like to make progress. We like to progress in our careers, our influence, and definitely our financial well being.

This desire to progress financially is one we don’t talk about too much in connection with missionaries. Yet from my own experience, it is an issue. When you’re on the field barely breaking even it can be a little negative to think about your peers back in the U.S. who are buying rental houses and making hefty contributions to their IRAs. Its easy to feel as if you are in the Left Behind series.

I think this sacrifice is one to be made cheerfully by a missionary or ministry minded person in the U.S. I think too that those of us who have a steady income would do well to consider how we can help long term missionaries save a little for reestablishment or retirement.

 

 

A is for Algeria

Hi folks! Thanks to all of you who commented on the audience question. My vision for this blog is for it to be a place where passionate people come together to discuss things relating to the Great Commission.

Today we’ll take a brief look at an unreached people group that has least reached status.

 

Algeria is a North African country where the people are more Middle Eastern in appearance. The Joshua Project lists this people group’s size as 25,262,000. That’s a lot of people.  The Arabic speaking Algerians are almost all Sunni Muslims. The people group is 0.17% Christian. That’s not very Christianized!

Would you consider praying for the Arabic speaking Algerians in the next 24 hours?

Source: Joshua Project

Audience Question

Today I’d love to hear from you. Here’s the question:

What is the most important thing your home church could do for you?

You are probably qualified to answer this question. Consider leaving a response in the comments section if:

  • You are serving in a foreign country
  • You are serving in the U.S. away from your home community
  • You have done either of these things in the past

 

Members Only

Who is church for? In the recent past I’ve been thinking about how I would want to do a mission church as well as how my church does church here in the U.S.

I think many churches here in America assume that a missionary church would exist to not only edify the believers but also to bring any not-yet believers into the family. What gets interesting though is when we take a look at stateside churches.

We find that our services are geared almost entirely for church people. I’ve been challenged to question whether this is the correct way to do church in Andy Stanley’s recent book, Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend. In the book he explains how they (North Point) actually go about being a church that unchurched people like to attend. I’m not proposing that we swallow his opinions carelessly, but I wonder if we are missing an important part of what a church should be.

What if our ministry to not-yet believers wasn’t only outside the church’s walls? What if Sunday morning services were for believers and nonbelievers? Would we experience the joy of welcoming more people into the family of God?

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