How Missionaries Can Mobilize While They Travel

World Evangelism Think Tank – January 2020

The best way for the team to be involved in mobilizing more missionaries as they travel is not something that can be affected by a simple process of what they should do. The best way to be involved in mobilizing is first and foremost something that should be a matter of the heart, for out of the heart are the issues of life. 

Yes, we can do more to get the word out through social media, videos, pamphlets, books, mail-outs, podcasts, traveling representatives, youth rallies, missions trips, etc. However, the question must first be answered by each and every person. “Why do you want to mobilize Christian people as you travel?”

Are you consumed by a desire to see the gospel preached around the whole world so that the lost and dying might know the love of the Savior or are you more concerned with getting your own money and only evangelizing your field of service? Our field is the world and our battle cry and call to arms must ring louder and go farther so that more men and women take up arms to charge into battle! This mobilization effort is to enlist more soldiers to fight on the front lines to win the battle against Satan on every front. 

Many of us think of 2 Timothy 2:2 and want to do what Paul did when he trained and prepared Timothy for leadership, but we have forgotten where Paul got Timothy!

Acts 15:40-16:5

40 And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God. 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

1Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek: Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium. Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek. And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem. And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

Paul found Timothy as he was traveling around confirming the churches. He came to Derbe and Lystra and there found a young man who was well reported of by the brethren. Paul wanted Timothy to go forth with him so that Timothy could get the training and preparation to do more for the Lord. 

If we want to do more to mobilize people as we travel around the country preaching and speaking in churches, then we need to have a heart for world evangelism.

Once we can see beyond our own ministries and have God’s heart for the whole world, only then can we begin focusing on the process of what we can do!

Here are some ideas that may stimulate some thoughts of what more can be done to mobilize as you travel:

  • Are you looking for more Timothy’s as you travel to churches?
  • Are you praying for more laborers to be raised up to go into the Lord’s harvest?
  • You are only one conversation away, one piece of literature away, one church meeting away from recruiting a new missionary!
  • Every church has potential missionaries, the Lord might want the pastor to be a missionary or that little 6-year old boy listening to you preach!
  • Why NOT take more literature and pass it out?
  • Why NOT invite more people to our missions events?
  • What if at the end of your time traveling around to churches you left at least 10 new missionaries behind you who are getting training and preparation to serve the Lord?

My dear brethren,

I ask you, “What will you do to recruit and mobilize more missionaries to take the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ around the world?”

About the author

Brendon and his family served as missionaries in North Africa for many years. Brendon is now a missions mobilizer for Vision Baptist Missions.

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