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Calvary Love by Amy Carmichael

If I belittle those whom I am called to serve, talk of their weak points in contrast perhaps with what I think of as my strong points; If I adopt a superior attitude, forgetting “Who made thee to differ? And what hast thou that thou hast not received?” then I know nothing of Calvary love. If I find myself taking lapses for granted, “Oh, that’s what they always do,” “Oh, of course she talks like that, he acts like that,” then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I can enjoy a joke at the expense of another; If I can in any way slight another in conversation, or even in thought, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I can write an unkind letter, speak an unkind word, think an unkind thought without grief and shame, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I do not feel far more for the grieved Savior than for my worried self when troublesome things occur, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I can rebuke without a pang, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If my attitude be one of fear, not faith, about one who has disappointed me; If I say, “Just what I expected” If a fall occurs, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I am afraid to speak the truth, lest I lose affection, or lest the one concerned should say, “You do not understand,” or because I fear to lose my reputation for kindness; If I put my own good name before the other’s highest good, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I am content to heal a hurt slightly, saying “Peace, peace,” where there is no peace; If I forget the poignant word “Let love be without dissimulation” and blunt the edge of truth, speaking not right things but smooth things, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I hold on to choices of any kind, just because they are my choice, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I am soft to myself and slide comfortably into self-pity and self-sympathy; If I do not by the grace of God practice fortitude, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I myself dominate myself, If my thoughts revolve round myself, If I am so occupied with myself I rarely have “a heart at leisure from itself,” then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If, the moment I am conscious of the shadow of self-crossing my threshold, I do not shut the door, and keep that door shut, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I cannot in honest happiness take the second place (or the twentieth); If I cannot take the first without making a fuss about my unworthiness, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I take offense easily, If I am content to continue in a cool unfriendliness, though friendship be possible, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I feel injured when another lays to my charge things that I know not, forgetting that my sinless Savior trod this path to the end, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I feel bitter toward those who condemn me, as it seems to me, unjustly, forgetting that If they knew me as I know myself they would condemn me much more, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If souls can suffer alongside, and I hardly know it, because the spirit of discernment is not in me, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If the praise of others elates me and their blame depresses me; If I cannot rest under misunderstanding without defending myself; If I love to be loved more than to love, to be served more than to serve, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I crave hungrily to be used to show the way of liberty to a soul in bondage, instead of caring only that it be delivered; If I nurse my disappointment when I fail, instead of asking that to another the word of release may be given, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I do not forget about such a trifle as personal success, so that it never crosses my mind, or If it does, is never given room there; If the cup of flattery tastes sweet to me, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If in the fellowship of service I seek to attach a friend to myself, so that others are caused to feel unwanted; If my friendships do not draw others deeper in, but are ungenerous (to myself, for myself), then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I refuse to allow one who is dear to me to suffer for the sake of Christ, If I do not see such suffering as the greatest honor that can be offered to any follower of the Crucified, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I slip into the place that can be filled by Christ alone, making myself the first necessity to a soul instead of leading it to fasten upon Him, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If my interest in the work of others is cool; If I think in terms of my own special work; If the burdens of others are not my burdens too, and their joys mine, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I wonder why something trying is allowed, and press for prayer that it may be removed; If I cannot be trusted with any disappointment, and cannot go on in peace under any mystery, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If the ultimate, the hardest, cannot be asked of me; If my fellows hesitate to ask it and turn to someone else, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I covet any place on earth but the dust at the foot of the Cross, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

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Missionary Story

Back in 1921, a missionary couple named David and Svea Flood went with their two-year-old son from Sweden to the heart of Africa-to what was then called the Belgian Congo. They met up with another young Scandinavian couple, the Ericksons, and the four of them sought God for direction. In those days of much tenderness and devotion and sacrifice, they felt led of the Lord to go out from the main mission station and take the gospel to a remote area.

This was a huge step of faith. At the village of N’dolera they were rebuffedby the chief, who would not let them enter his town for fear of alienating the local gods. The two couples opted to go half a mile up the slope and build their own mud huts.

They prayed for a spiritual breakthrough, but there was none. The only contact with the villagers was a young boy, who was allowed to sell them chickens and eggs twice a week. Svea Flood-a tiny woman of only four feet, eight inches tall-decided that if this was the only African she could talk to, she would try to lead the boy to Jesus. And in fact, she succeeded. But there were no other encouragements. Meanwhile, malaria continued to strike one member of the little band after another. In time the Ericksons decided they had had enough suffering and left to return to the central mission station. David and Svea Flood remained near N’dolera to go on alone.

Then, of all things, Svea found herself pregnant in the middle of the primitive wilderness. When the time came for her to give birth, the village chief softened enough to allow a midwife to help her. A little girl was born, whom they named Aina. The delivery, however, was exhausting, and Svea Flood was already weak from bouts of malaria. The birth process was a heavy blow to her stamina. She lasted only another seventeen days.

Inside David Flood, something snapped in that moment. He dug a crude grave, buried his twenty-seven-year-old wife, and then took his children back down the mountain to the mission station. Giving his newborn daughter to the Ericksons, he snarled, “I’m going back to Sweden. I’ve lost my wife, and I obviously can’t take care of this baby. God has ruined my life.” With that, he headed for the port, rejecting not only his calling, but God himself.

Within eight months both the Ericksons were stricken with a mysterious malady and died within days of each other. The baby was then turned over to some American missionaries, who adjusted her Swedish name to “Aggie” and eventually brought her back to the United States at age three. This family loved the little girl and was afraid that if they tried to return to Africa, some legal obstacle might separate her from them. So they decided to stay in their home country and switch from missionary work to pastoral ministry. And that is how Aggie grew up in South Dakota. As a young woman, she attended North Central Bible College in Minneapolis. There she met and married a young man named Dewey Hurst.

Years passed and the Hursts enjoyed a fruitful ministry. Aggie gave birth first to a daughter, then a son. In time her husband became president of a Christian college in the Seattle area, and Aggie was intrigued to find so much Scandinavian heritage there.

One day a Swedish religious magazine appeared in her mailbox. She had no idea who had sent it, and of course she couldn’t read the words. But as she turned the pages, all of a sudden a photo stopped her cold. There in a primitive setting was a grave with a white cross-and on the cross were the words SVEA FLOOD.

Aggie jumped in her car and went straight to a college faculty member who, she knew, could translate the article. “What does this say?” she demanded. The instructor summarized the story: It was about missionaries who had come to N’dolera long ago…the birth of a white baby… the death of the young mother…the one little African boy who had been led to Christ…and how, after the whites had all left, the boy had grown up and finally persuaded the chief to let him build a school in the village. The article said that gradually he won all his students to Christ…the children led their parents to Christ…even the chief had become a Christian. Today there were six hundred Christian believers in that one village… All because of the sacrifice of David and Svea Flood.

For the Hursts’ twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, the college presented them with the gift of a vacation to Sweden. There Aggie sought to find her real father. An old man now, David Flood had remarried, fathered four more children, and generally dissipated his life with alcohol. He had recently suffered a stroke. Still bitter, he had one rule in his family: “Never mention the name of God-because God took everything from me.”

After an emotional reunion with her half brothers and half sister, Aggie brought up the subject of seeing her father. The others hesitated. “You can talk to him,” they replied, “even though he’s very ill now. But you need to know that whenever he hears the name of God, he flies into a rage.”

Aggie was not to be deterred. She walked into the squalid apartment, with liquor bottles everywhere, and approached the seventy-three-year-old man lying in a rumpled bed.
“Papa?” she said tentatively. He turned and began to cry. “Aina,” he said, “I never meant to give you away.”

“It’s all right Papa,” she replied, taking him gently in her arms. “God took care of me.”

The man instantly stiffened. The tears stopped. God forgot all of us. Our lives have been like this because of Him.” He turned his face back to the wall. Aggie stroked his face and then continued, undaunted. “Papa, I’ve got a little story to tell you, and it’s a true one. You didn’t go to Africa in vain. Mama didn’t die in vain. The little boy you won to the Lord grew up to win that whole village to Jesus Christ. The one seed you planted just kept growing and growing. Today there are six hundred African people serving the Lord because you were faithful to the call of God in your life… “Papa, Jesus loves you. He has never hated you.”

The old man turned back to look into his daughter’s eyes. His body relaxed. He began to talk. And by the end of the afternoon, he had come back to the God he had resented for so many decades. Over the next few days, father and daughter enjoyed warm moments together.

Aggie and her husband soon had to return to America-and within a few weeks, David Flood had gone into eternity.

A few years later, the Hursts were attending a high-level evangelism conference in London, England, where a report was given from the nation of Zaire (the former Belgian Congo). The superintendent of the national church, representing some 110,000 baptized believers, spoke eloquently of the gospel’s spread in his nation. Aggie could not help going to ask him afterward if he had ever heard of David and Svea Flood.

“Yes, madam,” the man replied in French, his words then being translated into English. “It was Svea Flood who led me to Jesus Christ. I was the boy who brought food to your parents before you were born. In fact, to this day your mother’s grave and her memory are honored by all of us.” He embraced her in a long, sobbing hug. Then he continued, “You must come to Africa to see, because your mother is the most famous person in our history.”

In time that is exactly what Aggie Hurst and her husband did. They were welcomed by cheering throngs of villagers. She even met the man who had been hired by her father many years before to carry her back down the mountain in a hammock-cradle.

The most dramatic moment, of course, was when the pastor escorted Aggie to see her mother’s white cross for herself. She knelt in the soil to pray and give thanks. Later that day, in the church, the pastor read from John 12:24:Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He then followed with Psalm 126:5: They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

(An excerpt from Aggie Hurst, Aggie: The Inspiring Story of A Girl Without A Country [Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1986].) Permissions: Feel free to reproduce and distribute any articles written by Randy Alcorn, in part or in whole, in any format, provided that you do not alter the wording in any way or charge a fee beyond the cost of reproduction. It is our desire to spread this information, not protect or restrict it.

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Satan Wants to Defeat You and Your Church Today

Have you ever thought about this? “Satan is very organized with his team of demon. He has assigned certain demons to you, your church, and your people to try to defeat your church and everything you do.”

As we begin this New Year, we must be aware of Satan’s tactics as He tries to defeat us.  He will try to deceive us by targeting our minds and the people we serve. He will use his weapons of lies.  His whole purpose is to make us doubt God and be ignorant of His will for our lives. His goal is for us to believe his lies instead of God’s truth.

You might be thinking, “You just don’t understand…there are times in my life when I feel so helpless and weak that I don’t even have enough energy to read my Bible.”

Paul must have known that his fellow Christians had those same feelings when he wrote 1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

If you want to defeat Satan…YOU MUST STAY IN GOD’s WORD! The only defense you have against Satan is God’s Word.  How do you do it?

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

  1. Present your body. The first thing to do when you wake up and set your feet on the ground is to tell the Lord, “I surrender my body to You, and I am preparing for today’s battle.
  2. Present your mind. The next thing to do is do reach for your Bible. Present your mind to God for spiritual renewal. It is only through God’s Word that we can renew our minds and transform them.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t read long chapters. As you are reading…, stop…when you get to a passage that speaks to you. Meditate on that passage. Memorize a verse that will help you in your battle for the day. I came across a wonderful app for memorizing Scripture. (Scripture Typer)

  1. Present your will. You do this by prayer. The Word of God and prayer always go together. Acts 6:4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. Whatever you pray, always pray according to God’s will…not your own will.

Now it’s time to put on God’s armor. My husband and I got matching T-shirts for our Christmas pajamas that said, “Put on the armor of God…in smaller print below that it said…put on the whole armor”

Sometimes we go out of the house with partial armor on, and Satan attacks us in an area where we are not protected.

  • Girdle of truth: Since Satan is a liar, we must oppose him with God’s truth.
  • Breastplate of righteousness: Since Satan is our accuser and reminds of us our past sins, we must remind ourselves that we are justified through Christ’s righteousness. The breastplate covers our heart. Often Satan uses people—including Christians—to slander and accuse us, and we are tempted to fight back. But we must not allow these fiery darts to penetrate our armor.
  • Shoes of peace: Our shoes help us keep our footing…helps us from falling down. Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
  • Shield of faith: We have the promises of God to quench those fiery darts. That is why it’s so important to memorize Scriptures. When Satan hurls those darts…hold that shield up reciting a promise!
  • Helmet of Salvation: 1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. Depression and discouragement comes to all of us but…Praise the Lord…we are saved and we have the hope that soon Jesus will return and take us home.
  • Sword of the Spirit: The Word of God is our defensive weapon. A material sword must be handled with physical power, but the Spirit of God enables us to use the Word of God effectively to defeat Satan. Our Lord always said, “It is written!”

 I came across a prayer in Warren Wiersbe’s book The Strategy of Satan that is a great prayer for us to pray every day:

Father, thank You for the provision You have made for victory over Satan. Now, by faith, I put on the girdle of truth. May my life today be motivated by truth. Help me maintain integrity. By faith, I put on the breastplate of righteousness. May my heart love that which is righteous and refuse what is sinful. Thank You for the imputed righteousness of Christ. By faith, I put on the shoes of peace. Help me to stand in Christ’s victory today. Help me to be a peacemaker and not a troublemaker. By faith, I take the shield of faith. May I trust You and Your Word today and not add fuel to any of Satan’s darts. Thank You that I can go into this day without fear. By faith, I put on the helmet of salvation. May I remember today that Jesus is coming again. Help me live in future tense. Protect my mind from discouragement and despair. By faith, I take the sword of the Spirit. Help me remember Your Word and use it today. Father, by faith I have put on the armor. May this be a day of victory.

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Ways to Keep Your Family Spiritually Healthy

If you are a missionary or a pastor, here are a few hints to help keep your family spiritually healthy. I pray that these tips will be a blessing to you.

• Each day display ways to your family how you love the Lord with all your heart.
• Don’t get so busy with the ministry that you fail to help your children develop their own personal relationship with the Lord.
• Be a father who leads his family in spiritual matters so that your children will not feel rejection or turn away from the Lord.
• Be a parent who helps his children work through stressful situations that they might experience on the field.
• Develop meaningful family traditions on the field. (Birthdays, holidays, rewards)
• As a parent, show affection to your children and to your mate.
• Have fun with your family. Some of the most godly families are those families who have fun together.
• Use your children in the ministry. This will show them that you respect and value them, and it will also show them that they are not just tag-along children.
• Give them responsibilities and enlist them in doing wholesome work.
• Give Biblical reasons for the rules you set. Live more by the principles of God’s Word instead of “I said so…rules”. Search His Word together to find verses that are relevant to your rules.
• Pray at different and unusual times and places together.
• Always try to sing together. (car, working, playing)
• Memorize verses together.
• Look for different and creative ways to do family worship. You don’t have to do them every day, but on the days you do them, make them meaningful.
• Teach your children the importance of delayed gratification. Instill in their minds the value of self-denial for the sake of their futures.

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How to Daily Pray for Your Missionaries

Their Relationship with God
• That they would grow spiritually and have an effective prayer life

Their Physical and Emotional Life
• That they would be protected from disease, hazards, travels, hostile governments, and false religions

Their Family Life
• That they would be a good testimony to the nationals and the wisdom to raise and train godly children

Their Ability to Communicate
• That they would have good success in language school and gain the ability to communicate God’s Word with clarity

Their Ministry
• That they would have boldness in witnessing and that the Lord would open doors for teaching, preaching, discipling, and counseling

Their Need for Fellow Laborers
• That they would be able to stir the national’s hearts for service and see them surrender to God’s call for service

Their Country of Service
• That their country of service would be a stable country and that the leadership would allow them freedom to minister and stay in the country

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Planning a Yearly Mission’s Conference

The success or failure of the Mission’s Conference rises or falls with the leadership. If the pastor and leaders do not get excited about the Conference, the people will not get excited.

Why Should Your Church Have a Yearly Conference?

• To give your church more of a burden for missionaries around the world.
• To give your church information about new missionaries and their fields.
• To challenge your church to have a deeper prayer commitment for individual missionaries and their fields.
• To encourage your church to pray that the Lord will raise up new missionary candidates from your church.
• To increase your church’s mission giving so that it could take on new missionaries and increase the support of its current missionaries.

When Should Your Church Schedule the Mission’s Conference?

• Select the date that doesn’t conflict with anything that will compete for a large section of your congregation.
• Most Conferences follow one of these three schedules: Wednesday through Sunday; Sunday through Wednesday; or Sunday through Sunday.
• Set the date and theme at least a year in advance.

What Are Some Themes, Slogans, and Quotes Your Church Could Use?

• There are many different themes you could use: ”The field is the World”, “Laborers Together,” “Go Into All the World and Preach the Gospel,” “Pray! Give! Go!” “Do You Hold the Key?” “Missions, Heaven’s Heartbeat,” etc.
• “I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light” — John Keith Falconer
• “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply” — Hudson Taylor
• “God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him” — Hudson Taylor
• “The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed” — Hudson Taylor
• “If I had 1,000 lives, I’d give them all for China” — Hudson Taylor
• “God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him.” — Hudson Taylor
• “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God” — William Carey
• “To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map.” — William Carey
• “Is not the commission of our Lord still binding upon us? Can we not do more than now we are doing?” — William Carey
• “The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.” — Henry Martyn, missionary to India and Persia
• “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose” — Jim Elliot, missionary martyr who lost his life in the late 1950’s trying to reach the Auca Indians of Ecuador
• In the vast plain to the north I have sometimes seen, in the morning sun, the smoke of a thousand villages where no missionary has ever been” — Robert Moffat, who inspired David Livingstone
• “If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?” — David Livingstone
• “Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell; I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell.” — C.T. Studd
• “No one has the right to hear the gospel twice, while there remains someone who has not heard it once.” — Oswald J. Smith
• “Any church that is not seriously involved in helping fulfill the Great Commission has forfeited its biblical right to exist.” — Oswald J. Smith
• “The mission of the church is missions” — Oswald J. Smith
• “If God calls you to be a missionary, don’t stoop to be a king” — Charles Haddon Spurgeon
• “You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving.” — Amy Carmichael

What Are Some Things Your Church Should Do to Start Preparing for the Conference?

• Budget the Conference’s expenses in yearly mission’s budget. This amount should cover Conference expenses, plus a good love offering to each missionary.
• Begin preparations at least six months prior to the Conference.
• Recruit an effective leader to head up planning the Conference.
• Involve as many people as possible in the planning and preparing of the Conference.
• Find the best keynote mission’s speaker you can get. He will set the tone for the Conference.
• Develop a program that includes skits, creativity, drama, and storytelling. Skits and dramas are very effective in challenging hearts for missions.
• Three weeks before the conference, give Faith Promise Sunday school lessons to the teachers to teach for next three weeks.
• Children’s church can also hear Faith Promise lessons and raise special missionary offerings for various projects or missionaries.
• Have Sunday school teachers and Junior Church leaders teach a mission lesson each week for 4 weeks prior to your conference.
• Bathe your Conference in prayer. Prayer is the single most important part of the Conference.
• Organize cottage prayer meetings several weeks before the Conference, asking people to sign up and be a part of the effort to pray for the success of the meeting.
• Promote your Conference as the best event of the year for your church.

What Music Should Your Church Use for the Conference?

• If you have a choir director, have him plan a missionary theme song to be sung each night of the Conference. “Lift Up Your Eyes”, “Look Unto the Fields”, “How Shall They Hear”, “Here Am I, Send Me,” “Come Over and Help Us,” etc.
• If you do not have a song leader, select someone to lead songs for the Conference.
• Sing missionary songs for each conference session.
• Choose a missionary theme chorus to sing for each night of the Conference.
• Use missionary emphasis words with familiar hymns. (Check my blog for examples January 17, 2012; Mission Conference Songs)

How Should Your Church Advertise for the Conference?

• Publicly verbalize enthusiasm for world missions and encourage financial support for the Conference.
• Three weeks before the Conference, send each family an encouraging and challenging letter about the Conference.
• Encourage each member to look for ways to minister to the missionaries during the Conference.
• One month before the conference, decorate sanctuary with large theme banner.
• The Conference program should be printed ahead of time to insert in the church bulletin at least two or three weeks prior to the conference.
• Posters should be placed about the church including pictures of missionaries and information about their fields.
• Prepare a Prayer Guide booklet for your people. This will have a listing of all your missionaries, their contact information, their prayer requests, interesting facts about their ministry and the country they represent.
• The church marque should carry appropriate advertising of the Conference.
• Place articles in the local newspaper with news releases and pictures of the missionaries.
• Make contact with local radio and television stations for public service announcements.
• If there are Christian schools in your area, contact them and let them know that you have missionaries who would be available to speak in their assemblies and classrooms.
• Put up a book table with stimulating missionary biographies and stories for the people of your church to purchase.

How Should Your Church Treat the Missionaries Who Participate in the Conference?

• Be sure to correspond well with the missionary before the conference.
• When the missionary arrives, show him around the church facility, introduce him to staff, and show him where to set up his display.
• Give him a welcome packet that includes:
1. Itinerary of where he is to be throughout each day and what is expected of him.
2. An envelope with some spending money for him to use during the Conference.
3. Directions how to get to his host’s home/motel and back to church.
• Pray with him. Ask the Lord to use him effectively during the time he is with you and that your people will be responsive to his ministry.
• Invite him to join you in prayer before each service or function in which he takes part.
• If you plan to do something fun with missionary while he is with you, find out what he enjoys. Be sure to give him the option. Your concern is to meet his needs. Some may need time away from the children after spending hours or days traveling in the car. Others may need to rest or catch up on correspondence. Be sure not to make him feel any pressure.
• Be sensitive to any dietary restrictions he might have.
• Don’t feel obligated to provide three large meals each day. It’s usually more convenient for the missionary to have breakfast at the host’s home/motel.
• Provide an evening meal at the church for missionary/missionaries. Be sure to include the pastor and his family, the staff and his family, and the family or Sunday school class who provided the meal to join the missionaries. (This gives other members a chance to interact with missionaries so that they can begin to know, to love, and to appreciate the missionaries)
• Use Skype to involve special missionaries who are not able to attend the Conference.

What Should Be the Schedule of Your Faith Promise Sunday?

• Take commitments in each Sunday school class. Assign one spokes person to read the class commitment in morning service. (Ex. By faith Pastor_________, the primary girls will give $10.50 each week for world-wide missions)
• After sermon, hand Faith Promise Cards to every member in the service. Have prayer. (While people are writing out their commitments, have two people to set up a power point display to calculate total commitments)
• Collect cards from morning service and have someone total those cards.
• Call out a representative from each individual class to audibly give class commitment.
• Rejoice over total promised for the coming year.

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Miscellaneous Mission Conference Ideas

• Make preparations for the conference several months prior to the meeting.
• Have special prayer meetings.
• Plan special music.
• Treat your conference like a revival rather than a money-raising week.
• Choose your missionaries carefully. The quality of missionaries determines how excited your people will be about missions.
• Be sure to correspond well with the missionary before the conference. Let them know when to arrive, directions to the church, what you expect from them, and where they will be staying.
• Be sure to budget a portion of your faith-promise budget to take care of your conference expenses. Make sure that the budget includes a good love offering to each missionary plus his traveling expenses.
• If your missionary is not staying in a motel, plan to have a host family for him to stay. This host will be responsible for missionary and be in contact with him to meet his needs or answer questions.
• Develop a personal-type questionnaire for your people to use with the missionaries. Anything you can do to encourage interaction with the missionaries will be a blessing to your people. Questions such as favorite verse, signature, birthday, wedding anniversary, home church, favorite food, and other interesting facts.
• Provide name tags for the missionaries with the name of their country. Also provide the same type of tag for the deacons, pastor, staff, and members so that the missionary will can get to know everyone. Use a different format for church people. (Example: use flag for missionary and church logo for church people)
• Pass out a photograph and biographical sketch about each missionary a few weeks before the conference, especially to the Sunday school classes where the missionary will be teaching. Your people should know the missionary when he arrives.
• Prepare a video or slide update each year about everything the church and mission dollar is doing around the world.
• Prepare a special missionary passport for children to take to the display that each missionary has set up during the conference. They will then get the passport stamped like one does going to another country. This will give the child an opportunity to meet the missionary and visit with him.
• Put up an eternity light that blinks a few times a second to remind them that each time the light flashes, someone else dies and goes to hell. Be sure to put up a sign reminding people of how many people are dying without the Lord Jesus Christ. Right now, you can safely say that over 106 people go into eternity every minute; and at least 75 of them will have died without Christ and gone to an eternal hell. The world statistics show that about 35% of the world calls itself “Christian.” Of those, how many truly know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior? Have light turn “On” and “Off” on minute intervals with a similar note or even every 5, 10, or 15 minutes. Just adjust the death rate by the minute. Right now, 1.7 people die somewhere in the world every second.
• Put up famous missionary sayings and challenges on the wall.
• Have a Shower of Blessings party for the missionaries. A number of people could be assigned to spend up to $25 on requests the missionary has given. (Gift cards are always a treat for traveling missionaries)
• Have a parade of the flags that represents different countries where you support missionaries. This can be done at the start of the conference to let your people feel the weight and influence that your church is having around the world.
• Be sure to put up lots of maps, flags, globes, and statistics to help people get a world vision. Use your flags to decorate your church. Place them on beautiful flag poles and stand them along the wall behind the choir.
• Call a missionary each week or even monthly on a speaker phone and have him lead the opening prayer in the service and also give a brief update of his work from the field.
• On Sunday mornings, in between announcements on your big screen, rotate pictures of your missionaries and their fields to remind your people to pray for them.

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Missionary Skit

Summary

The basic premise of this drama is that the person is sharing with the group how the Lord led him to go into missions. This prompts the action of the two demons in trying to do everything possible to discourage the person from going.

It is important that the drama is set-up properly. It is good if it is possible not to let the audience know that this is a drama. Rather, try in every way to convince the audience that it is just a person who desires to share with them.

Characters

  • Person (normal guy or girl)
  • Demon 1 (wearing red and/or black with appropriate make-up)
  • Demon 2 (wearing red and/or black with appropriate make-up)

Script

Person:
I feel very privileged to be able to share with all of you this evening. Like many people, I grew up thinking that I was a Christian because I grew up in a Christian family and went to church every Sunday. Then, just a few months ago, a team from the Doulos came and stayed at my house for a week. I could really see that they knew God in a personal way, and talked about him as if they were talking about a friend. I also knew that I didn’t know God like they knew him. On the last night of their visit, I prayed to accept Christ into my heart. Ever since I asked Jesus to be my Saviour, I could sense that he has been leading me into MISSIONS… (Person freezes momentarily)
(In an immediate, violent reaction, Demon 1 and Demon 2 run out onto the stage screaming.)
Demon 1 & Demon 2:
MISSIONS?!! NOT MISSIONS!!!
Demon 2:
We must do something to stop him!
Demon 1:
We need a plan!
(Demons huddle together and scheme. As they do so, Person comes back to life and continues his testimony. As he begins to speak, the demons come up with a strategy and quickly move from the place where they were huddling in front of P to a place just behind him, from which they can whisper in his ear.)
Person:
I started preparations by looking into several missions sending agencies.
Demon 1:
But wait! What about your job? You need to build up a nest egg for your retirement. After all, if you don’t take care of your future, nobody else will.
Person:
(Nodding his head in agreement) Yeah, I never thought about retirement. If I go to the mission field, who is going to support me when I get old?
Demon 2:
And what about your training and your education? All of that time would have been wasted!
Person:
(Getting discouraged) That’s true! All those years of working my way up the ladder would have been a waste of time, and all that time and money that I spent at the university would be of no value at all!
(He stops to think for a minute. As he does, the demons look at each other with very satisfied expressions.)
Person:
Wait a minute. Jesus said… (As soon as Person says Jesus the demons react violently.)
Demon 1 & Demon 2:
JESUS!!! (As they say this, they move away and shield their faces in a frozen position.)
Person:
(Continuing on) …Jesus said in Matthew 6, “Do not worry, saying `what shall we eat,’ or `what shall we drink,’ but seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow because tomorrow will worry about itself.”
(The demons come out of their frozen position and make new plans, again huddled in front of Person. As Person continues speaking, they move behind him again for another try.)
Person:
I will be joining Operation Mobilisation. This is a group that has work in over 35 different countries throughout the world.
Demon 1:
Well, I guess this means you don’t intend to marry, hmmm?
Person:
(With a puzzled expression) No, I’ve always planned on having a wife, and I’ve got some great names picked out for the children.
Demon 1:
Well, everybody knows that you’ll never find a decent wife on the mission field!
Person:
(Eyes get very big as he realises the implications of this) I never thought about that! If I leave home how will I ever find the right person to marry?
Demon 2:
Yes, and what would your brother and your sister think? Your friends and relatives would think you were crazy!
Person:
Oh no! They wouldn’t understand at all. They would think that I was joining a…a…(stutter) cult or something! (Again Person pauses to think. Again demons look pleased.)
Person:
Wait! I remember that in the Bible, Jesus said… (Again demons give immediate, violent reaction and shy away)
Demon 1 & Demon 2:
JESUS! Not JESUS again!!
Person:
Jesus said in Luke 14, “If any one comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters – yes, even his own life – he cannot be my disciple.” (Demons act very agitated as they again huddle Person continues)
Person:
So I will be joining Operation Mobilisation. In particular the Lord has been putting a real burden on my heart for the country of India.
Demon 1:
You? In India? You could never do that. You haven’t had enough training and what about the language?
Demon 2:
You can’t even communicate effectively in your own language, and you know what a terrible speaker you are.
Person:
(Acts very nervous as he begins to remember a bad speaking experience.) I remember that time in school when I had to give a speech I got so nervous that I couldn’t remember the first line, and then I froze and everybody started to laugh at me. (Demons give a very demonic laugh in the background) I never want that to happen again!
(Pause. Demons look wary.)
Person:
But, then again, Jesus said… (Demons react as before.)
Demon 1 & Demon 2:
JESUS!! I wish he would stop quoting JESUS!!!
Person:
Jesus said in Luke 21, “Make up your mind not to worry before hand about how you will defend yourselves, for I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.”
(Demons huddle together for one more try.)
Person:
I will be working in the northern states of India where there are literally millions of Muslim and Hindus who have never even heard the Gospel for the first time.
Demon 1:
But wait! Look at yourself. (Person looks down at self.) You’re young. You have your whole life ahead of you. (Demon 1 and Demon 2 both make a sweeping gesture forward showing Person how much he has in his future.) You don’t have to go to the mission field NOW, do you, hmmm??
Person:
(Rather flattered at these thoughts) No, I suppose not. Hey, you know, that makes sense. I’ve got my whole life to serve the Lord. If I just wait a few years, I can build up a little money just in case any emergencies come up. And, I could take care of the wife situation in the meantime. Then, I would be really ready to go. Why didn’t I think of that before? (Resumes testimony.)
Person:
So, as I was saying, I will be leaving for the mission field in just a few short years … maybe. Thank you.
(Person turns and walks of the stage With Demon 1 and Demon 2 following close behind, rubbing their hands and smiling with delight.)

This document copyright (c) 1995 by Mathew Pole. Reproduction and/or distribution for non-commercial purposes is permissible providing that the drama is left fully intact. Permission is given to modify the drama for personal use, under the condition that the changes are not redistributed. Please send additions or corrections to Mathew and Paulyn Pole (mathew.paulyn@iname.com)
Last changed: Saturday 12 August 1995
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First, remember he is not trying, but trusting.

• He is trusting God to use your church to meet his needs.
• The local church is the place where God will meet his needs both financially and spiritually.
• He is a missionary (a world traveling evangelist), sent by a local church.
• Traveling expenses and a generous love offering should be given to him in consideration of his labor for the Lord.

Second, remember he is not running, but resting. He and his family have probably traveled thousands of miles.

• You must allow him to have time to rest and recover for the next journey.
• You must not ask him to rest where you yourselves could not rest.
• He is a missionary, not a Moochinary. He has a high calling of God.
• He is or will be somebody’s hero. You should treat him as one.

Third, remember he is not wondering, but praying. You need to take his prayer card and pray about the following things.

• The health of him and his family
• Problems he may have with the language.
• Relationships he will encounter with the nationals
• His children (MK)
• The mental and emotional health of him and his family
• The missionary’s family who is left at home
• The missionary’s material needs
• The doctrinal purity of the missionary and his stand on the Bible
• Problems of demonic opposition
• Pray for prepared hearts of those he will be ministering.

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Missionary, You Are Not Home Yet

A missionary spent his entire life in the mission fields of Africa telling the story of Jesus. During those days, missionary support was meager at best and nonexistent at worse. But, struggling the best he could he stayed on the field. In the latter years of his life, his wife died. Since he did not have money to take her back to her home for burial, he was forced to bury her in a make-shift grave near his home.

Finally, with his health, his money, and his family gone he scraped together enough for boat passage back to New York.

As the boat entered the harbor, suddenly it was surrounded by fire boats spurting sprays of water and tugs blowing their horns. As the boat docked, a band began playing and a crowd of people began shouting and waving their arms as a celebrity walked down the gang plank. As he watched all this from the railing, this elderly missionary, knowing he was coming home alone, began feeling sorry for himself and began to pray something like this, “Lord, I have given you all I have. I gave you my life, my family, and my health. Now, at the ending of my life, why couldn’t I be welcomed home with caring people who appreciate what my life has meant for the glory of God.”

Then, almost as it were an audible voice, this elderly missionary felt God speaking to him saying, “Son, you are not home yet!”

John 14:2-3 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

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