In Home Missionaries

November 10, 2016

In Home Missionaries

We often think that missionaries go of to some distant place to take the gospel to pagan people. Usually that is true, but would you believe that it is now possible for people to be missionaries without leaving their home?

That thought was brought to my mind recently while reading the July 2016 issue of the Whistle Blower Magazine. On pages 22-23 there is an article written by Chelsea Shilling telling how Isis is using the social media to recruit teen age girls to become muslin terrorists. After reading that article I ask myself, “Why aren’t we Christians using the social media as an evangelistic tool? If Muslims can use it to recruit followers, why can’t we? The more I thought about the possibility, the more feasible it became.

More and more I’m seeing the wisdom of seeking out hurting people and sharing the gospel with them. They are often more open and receptive. Some, at first, may be angry, resentful, and prone to distrust everyone.

It is a ministry to hurting people. It is a ministry of consolation. It is a ministry that is mentioned in II Corinthians 1:3-4. “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” God is much more capable of consoling people than we are, but he wants to use us to introduce people to him as “the God of all comfort.” If we fail in introducing people to God we have failed in our ministry of consolation.

There are numerous ways of finding and ministering to hurting people. In this article I want to call to your attention the possibility of finding people on social media. Social media has done untold damage to multitudes of young people. By means of it they have been introduced to unwise thinking patterns, anti social behavior and bad relationships. Even though that is true, it is a place where we can find hurting young people and introduce them to Christ. Multitudes of Young people in our country are in social media. We too need to be in social media and use it as a means of helping young people.

Twitter would be a good place to find troubled teenagers, but it wouldn’t be advisable to put your web site on Twitter because it is reported that they are discriminating against conservatives. You will need to have your own web site where you can let it be known that someone cares. After making contact with a troubled teenager you could even have a face to face conversation by means of Skype. There are already a few sites there that offer help, like “Spring of Hope”, but there should be a lot more.

This is something that possibly even handicapped people could do. It is something that could be done part time. You might not need to raise support like most missionaries do, although it might come to a point where it is a full time ministry. In that case, you might need financial help to cover your living expenses.

Another thing that would need to be incorporated into this ministry is a web of helpers. If you make contact with, and win the confidence of someone in a distant city, you could go to the web side churchfinder.com and look for a good evangelical church in that area. You could ask if there is anyone in the church who would be willing to invite that young person to go out with them for a sundae and a talk. They should also invite them to come to the church and become a part of the youth group.

This ministry doesn’t have all the requirements of a normal missionary. It doesn’t demand that you have a college degree. It doesn’t demand ordination or special recognition from your church, although you should be in good standing with your church so you can call on them for prayer support. It does demand that you have a burden for the lost and empathy for those who are hurting. You will need to have a good knowledge of the Bible to be able to give good counsel. It will also demand that you be computer savvy so you can find your way around to the many web sites.

This ministry would allow you to be personally involved in the caring and sharing articulated by the words of the well known hymn “Rescue the Perishing.”

Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,

Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;

Weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen,

Tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save

Rescue the perishing, duty demands it-

Strength for they labor the Lord will provide;

Back to the narrow way patiently win them,

Tell the poor wanderer a Savior has died.

If you know people who might be interested in a ministry like this, and are qualified, please print copies of this article for them them, or direct them to this article on the web site. You could say, “Here is something you might like to consider.”

If you, or someone you know, has such a ministry I would like to know what the results have been. Also, if you have suggestions to add to this article please send them to me. Our e-mail address is: rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

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