3 Missing Needs of World Missions
By: Frank Denisi | Jan. 11, 2019
It is often good take a step a back and revaluate the over-all process. I do this at the end of each year at our mission work in the Philippines. I ponder about things that we can improve and do better, and try to make the right kind of changes accordingly. This can also be said about our over-all attitude to world-wide missions. Is everything where it should be? Is there some things that we are not “hitting the nail on the head on” per se? Here are three Missing Needs I have found that are generally missing from missions in the last days that we are living. Please take them to heart as they are simple Biblical concepts.
And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things. (Mark 6:34)
It was Dr. Lee Roberson who suggested that the avenue of houses on the new mission property at Baptist International Missions, Inc in Harrison, Tennessee be called “Compassion Lane”. He understood that importance of compassion. Passion can be simply the acting out of love. To a heathen people why would one invest money, and even his life to reach them? There is only one word, compassion. There are less missionaries now on the field of the Philippines. Is this field already saturated? Hardly not. What is is missing are passionate Christians who would come here or even any other mission field. Bob Hughes famously said, “You can’t bring the gospel to the wrong address.” Where is our passion for world missions?
Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; (Matthew 9:37)
We often praise athletes for accomplishments but downplay young people who are truly interested in missions. We often pray Lord send more missionaries, but not my sons or daughters. There is only one prayer request that Jesus gave in the whole Bible, and that was for more laborers for the harvest. I think of the old song, “My house if full but my fields are empty, who will go and work for me today? My children all want to stay around my table, but no one wants to work in my fields, no one wants to work in my fields.” Where are the Bible college students who of old have flooded the altars at the Mission Prayer Band, and at the missions conferences. Where are the people who are willing to go?
Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. (Matthew 9:38)
How sad to see churches not being able to support missionaries anymore. Sometimes missions giving does go up and down, and sometimes churches struggle while some simply do not. It may be a matter of economy and demographics, but one thing that must never waver is our support through prayer. We must get back to old-fashion prayer meeting to pray for our missionaries. To pray for specific needs. Our mid week prayer meetings have become 5-minute prayer sessions. This must change if ever we will see the Lord’s blessing in our churches both home and abroad. Could it be a lack of a love for souls? It is said the brightest light, burns brighter at home. Let us not waver in soul-winning and prayer to reach more souls!
Getting back to the proper passion, volunteers for full-time mission service, and serious prayer for missions is essential for us to get to where we need to be spiritually individually and as a missions-movement. As we enter into the these last days may I challenge you with this thought. Let us be the Philadelphia, a church of brotherly love, in the midst of the Laodicea, a luke-warm church.