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  • Monday, April 13, 2020 9:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Lewis McClendon  BCMN

    It can be hard to know what a church should be doing for their missionaries. By taking the time to rethink Missionary Care, you will sort out your feelings and thoughts about who a missionary is to you and what you should be doing for them.

    All of us are called to missions. Some are called to go, and the rest are called to support those who go. Support means more than financial support. It includes prayer support and day-to-day life support. This kind of support can only come from organized and motivated church members. No one is called to stay home and do nothing.

    The New Testament is filled with instructions about how we should treat each other. We are told to love one another, serve one another, comfort one another, and bear one another’s burdens. Missionaries fall into the category of one another, so it is only right that we obey all the one another’s in the Bible with our missionaries. This is commonly referred to as Missionary Care.

    One of the major reasons for preventable missionary resignations is the lack of support from home. This is something every church can do something about. How do we care for our missionaries? Missionary Care goes beyond money, shaking hands after a missionary has spoken in your church with a shallow promise to pray for them, or reading a missionary letter sent to your church. In the letters Paul wrote in the New Testament, he reveals some ways he needed care. We all consider Paul a great missionary, and he was. Even Paul was in need of care.

    We can provide good missionary care by learning from Paul’s life the types of care missionaries need.

    1. Care for their physical needs. In II Timothy 4:13, Paul asked Timothy to bring his cloak. A cloak is an outer covering for cold weather conditions. Everyone, including missionaries, has physical needs. When Elijah ran from Jezebel, God met his two biggest physical needs – rest and food. Generally, physical needs are the easiest to see and respond to.

    2. Care for their social needs. In II Timothy 4:9-11, Paul urged Timothy to come as quickly as he could and to bring Mark with him. At that time, only Luke was with him. Paul is under the sentence of death at this time and he, in his last days, longed for the companionship of his friends. One of the biggest losses on the mission field is the loss of the relationship of family and friends. When missionaries come home from the field, their friends have moved on with new friends and activities. Recognize your missionaries’ need for a continuing relationship with friends on the mission field by keeping in contact with them while they are on the field. Create some time for them to spend time with family and friends when they are home.

    In Rethinking Missionary Care Part 2, Paul’s life will reveal two more types of missionary care available to us.

    aboundms@gmail.com


  • Friday, March 27, 2020 9:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Lewis McClendon  BCMN

    Eleven BCMN endorsed missionaries responded to a survey about the impact of the COVID-19 on their ministries. The survey divided missionaries into three categories – deputation missionaries, missionaries on furlough, and missionaries on the field.

    Five deputation missionaries and four missionaries on furlough responded to the survey. They all stated that churches have had to cancel their visit to the church for March and April. Some of the churches have committed to rescheduling them when the crisis is over, and some churches are finding creative ways to include a missionary in the live stream church service on the Sunday they were scheduled to be in that church. Churches have shown the missionaries video presentation, recorded an interview with a missionary to use during the live stream service, and some have the missionary come to the church if they are in the area for a live presentation or interview. Missionaries really appreciate it when a church sends a love offering to a missionary they have had to cancel. Deputation missionaries especially struggle with a loss of a love offering because that is their main source of income. None of the missionaries stated they have lost any support – yet. If the crisis lasts more than two months, they all expect their support levels to go down.

    Both deputation and furlough missionaries stated that some churches had stepped out to help them or be a blessing to them. Here are a few examples the missionaries gave.

    Through encouraging phone and email conversations. However, we understand they are preoccupied about their own local church ministry and how they can best serve their people. I'm treading lightly and with wisdom as I communicate with Pastors and staff, understanding that as their missionary I'm a foreign extension to their ministry. ▪

    ▪ One church decided to send a love offering after cancelling us.

    ▪ Multiple churches (at least four) have reached out to see if we need anything or if they can help with anything. 

    ▪ One church we had scheduled said they will take us on for support next month even if we can't make it to our scheduled meeting.  They said we can reschedule if need be.

    ▪ We have had one church send an email stating they had no plans of dropping us. 

    ▪ We have had one pastor get a Zoom call together with other missionaries to be an encouragement to us.

    Deputation and furlough missionaries who were planning to move or return to the mission field in the next few months do fear this crisis will delay them. For some this is creating a short-term housing problem.

    The comments about what advice would you give to other deputation and furlough shows that, as a whole, these missionaries still strongly trust that God will bring them through this crisis and they will continue their call to the mission field.

    Relax: your plan B (or C, D, etc.) was always God's plan A.  It's great to plan but remember, He directs our steps (Proverbs 16:9).

    ▪ Continue to trust in the Lord. He knows our situation and our need, and He promised to supply. He is faithful, even in times of uncertainty.

    ▪ Patience, waiting is so difficult when you’re on deputation, and now everything has come to a standstill.

    ▪ Be creative and try to help Pastors to continue to navigate how to present missions in their churches. And be an encouragement to others. It's tough for everyone. 

    ▪ EXPECT DELAYS OR FUNDS TO BE LOWER FOR THE NEXT 3-6 MONTHS BASED ON CONVERSATIONS WITH PASTORS

    ▪ Keep walking by faith and live this week as if Christ is coming back next week.

    ▪ Trust in the Lord and be wise. The Devil will attempt anything to destroy the church and your ministries. Do not allow this virus to obstruct what you are able to do. Ministry never ends, even during crisis.

    ▪ Don't be faithless! Use your imagination and creativity and work!

    ▪ Be ready to do videos that churches can post during their on-line services.

    ▪ Stay busy. Keep working, planning, studying, communicating (to those on the field and Stateside), and redeem the time. 

    ▪ Much depends on what season of ministry others are in, but for me I am trying to spend time creating content and not missing out on the ministry that I can be a part of even though we are in the US and unable to travel to churches. 

    ▪ I would like to know how I can be of a service to the churches that support us during my time in the states. I do what I know to do, but I'm open to knowing more.

    Two missionaries on the mission field responded to the survey. They gave us a look at the conditions in their country.

    Community level transfer of the COVID-19 virus has not yet begun, however recently our cases have almost doubled due to imported cases from people returning from overseas travel-infected. Panic has begun to set in and stores are selling out of basic necessities and food. Most Shopping malls and community centers remain open; however, more restrictions have been put in place concerning cleanliness, disinfection, and amount of people allowed using the facilities at one time.

    ▪ As of this morning, they closely mirror the US. Cases of COVID19 are on the rise, and the public panic is growing. Right now, they have closed down education centers, sports venues, malls, and dine in restaurants. Many are losing their income and are struggling with how to handle this situation. As a church, we have had to close our services until at least April 12 due to the guidelines for gathering in our community.

    When asked about any restrictions on ministry they gave the following responses.

    Restrictions have been put in place concerning church services or any other social gatherings. We have been asked by the government to require any attendees to wear facial masks at all times. We must also take the body temperature of each person as they enter and not allow anyone with a 100°F or above fever to enter.

    ▪ Right they aren’t imposing restrictions on services per se…but they’ve released guidelines on groups of people gathering that impact our ability to hold services and outreach ministries.

    Both missionaries stated that it would be difficult if not impossible to return to the United States at this time.

    They have also had churches set out to help or be a blessing to them because of this crisis.

    Our sending church was generous to send us a large amount of facial masks to our family for our use and to use as a way to minister to others during this crisis. A few missions committees have sent us emails asking for updates on how we are doing and about the safety of our family. 

    ▪ We’ve been so encouraged by two churches who have sent us emails communicating prayer and love. One small group in Ohio all sent us emails at one time during their meeting. It’s a tremendous blessing!

    The following is the advice, counsel, suggestions, or wisdom they offered for deputation, furlough or on the field missionaries.

    I would encourage missionaries that are in the United States on deputation or furlough to first consider the health and safety of their families and those they seek to minister to both in United States and in their respective countries. I would encourage them to pray, be wise, and be creative in staying connected with and connecting to new churches during this crisis. I would encourage them to send encouraging videos or messages to those that support them or they seek support from. I would encourage them to be creative in the use of technology to send digital reports and or presentations and offer to do whatever they could to communicate with their churches and those perspective churches what is their passion and plan to reach their field.

    ▪ If there are missionaries on the field in our area contact them to find out up to date information. With how fast information is changing/being updated these days it pays to have someone on the ground you can speak with.

    ▪ Use any platform you can to communicate how COVID19 has impacted your field of service. People want to hear news about this that is unbiased and spiritually focused. Work hard to be that voice for your field.

    ▪ I also recommend trying to learn about things God is doing on your field. Did you hear about someone who just got saved there? Maybe a church is reaching out and impacting your field in a new way during this time. Lift up what God is doing more than the fear the virus may be creating.

    ▪ I would encourage other missionaries currently active on the mission field to develop a strong home life and make sure their family is well taken care of both physically and spiritually during this time. I would encourage them to understand that although now is a prime opportunity to minister it is not a prime opportunity to abandon your family in order to do that. I would encourage other missionaries on the mission field to stay in contact with local representatives and government to know how best to minister to the people in their area. I would encourage them to look for practical opportunities to minister and meet needs of the people in their area in a way that communicates the love of Christ and not high-level salesmanship. I would encourage missionaries to listen to the concerns of their congregation and the people they are ministering to and with. When applicable, I would encourage missionaries to incorporate technology and smaller groups to continue ministering effectively in high-risk or quarantine level communities. I would also encourage them to stay in contact with their supporting churches and consider giving regular updates to them concerning their areas, especially if they are living in high-risk areas.

    ▪ Implement what boundaries you feel are necessary to restrict physical contact with others and stick to it.

    ▪ Have a plan for what happens if someone in your family/ministry/missions fellowship catches the virus.

    This last comment by one of the missionaries shows the heart, determination and care for the United States churches of our great missionaries.

    As always, we would appreciate your prayers and thoughts concerning our family and the families of those we minister to. If there’s anything we can do on our end to help minister to our brothers and sisters in the United States and encourage churches we are open to communication concerning that.

    aboundms@gmail.com


  • Monday, March 09, 2020 9:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Elmo Compton Missionary in Peru

    Jesus is the hope of the world, and the local church is the very best vehicle to bring that hope to the world. That simple yet profound fact is why I’ve dedicated my life to planting new churches, and why I’m willing to live a nomadic life and invest immense amounts of resources into the task. I’d like to share some thoughts and suggestions from the perspective of a cross cultural missionary who has seen both the good and the bad.

    Have the money you need. Spend the time building a strong, reasonable budget at the beginning of your fundraising time. Then stick to it. Don’t begin needing 6,000 a month and then decide to move at 80%. Why don’t you need that other 1,200? If you didn’t need it to begin with, why is it in the budget? My dad once told me to spend as many hours preparing for the job as you are willing to put into it. Spend 40+ hours a week raising your budget. Rotate driving so you can be making cold calls, knocking on doors, Facebook messaging, whatever! Do whatever it takes to build a strong financial team. People’s eternities depend on it.

    Build a strong support team. I know the pressure of fundraising and team building. I’ve been living off of support for nearly a decade. When things get hard, when you want to quit, your support team is way more than the $100 or $200 check they send in every month. Intentionally build a group of couples that have permission to ask you the hard questions. How is your marriage? How are your finances? Can you show me your bank statement? Yeah, that’s uncomfortable for me too.

    Commit to learning the language. Make this a priority. Don’t just learn the grammar; lose the American accent. Be a chameleon. You are a professional communicator. That’s the job you have accepted. You need to be able to speak with fluidity in order to deal with real heart issues and thoroughly explain the Gospel. I know many who get busy in ministry and soon begin to believe that they will never be able to minister in the native language. Don’t buy that lie. God will equip you, but you need to work hard.

    Keep it simple. We’ve all heard the acronym KISS. That applies here as well. Avoid creating a model that is dependent on your personality or US money. Focus on creating a model that follows 2 Timothy 2:2 – one that is focused on making disciples of Jesus that reproduce. Disciples that make disciples is exactly what we see happening in Acts. Make that your goal too. The new church will not look American. They will dress differently, move differently, and act differently. Focus on keeping your model simple and reproducible by native disciples.

    elmocompton@gmail.com


  • Monday, February 24, 2020 3:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Brian G. Weed, Missionary in Nicaragua

    As a new missionary years ago, I assumed the word “missionary” was synonymous with “church planter”; but not necessarily. I have found that people associate the word missionary with many different ministry types, compassion or humanitarian works. While compassion ministries are important (Jesus healed the sick, fed the hungry and loved on the poor), there is something much greater. We see that Jesus’ main focus is the local church. He launched a church planting revolution. So, to all new missionaries… before you start a feeding center, sports ministry, hospital, English courses or any other compassion ministry (of which we have all of these), START A CHURCH! Your church plants and leadership can administrate and oversee the compassion ministries.

    Jesus left a church planting plan for us to follow so we can continue what He started. We are to go, evangelize, baptize and disciple others. In doing this, there are some key STEPS we can’t skip or forget. In fact, these steps are so important they can be considered non-negotiables for a church planter. To be an effective church planter follow these Steps:

    1. Seek Holiness: Personal holiness should be a BIG DEAL. 1 Peter 1:15-16 tells us to be holy. This means we need to work on being pure, to have integrity of character and to be free from sin. The Bible says that if we truly abide in Christ, we will stop the repeated sinning and start righteous living. Make it a point to work on your personal holiness daily.

    2. Work Hard: We can all quote Colossians 3:23-24 “ And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord”. There is a key word that we tend to jump over, “HEARTILY”. This word means to “work with all the heart; with zeal; actively; and vigorously”. In other words, work hard, put in the hours, sweat, and go to bed tired. Ask yourself if you are working “heartily”. Let’s GET TO WORK!

    3. Train Leaders: II Timothy 2:2 tells us to teach and mentor others so they can in turn do the same. We need to constantly be pouring our life into others. Commit to train those around you, raise them up, exhort and mentor them. Be a part of making them greater than yourself. Give them responsibilities and ministries and let them lead. Do this over and over again.

    4. Don’t Stray: As you work on your ministry programs and events, keep in mind that you need more than just nifty ideas or cool sermon titles. Always go back and ask yourself before you implement something new if it will bring Honor to God and continue the plan He has laid out for us to follow.

    To be effective church planters follow these simple steps and continue the Church Planting revolution Jesus started 2000 years ago. Now, GET TO IT!

    brian@trailheadinternational.org


  • Monday, February 17, 2020 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Lewis McClendon, Baptist Church Ministry Network

    Missions Manuals are valuable for two key reasons.

    1. A Missions Manual clarifies the vision for missions to everyone in the church.

    There are plenty of ideas about what a church should be doing for missions floating around in your church. A Missions Manual puts in writing a church’s vision so everyone knows it and can get behind it.

    2. A Missions Manual provides direction for mission decisions.

    A Missions Manual provides the guidelines about how the church will carry out their vision for missions. A Missions Manual takes out all the personalities and puts policies in their place. It is much easier to tell a person promoting their relative or friend that their ministry does not fit in our church’s vision than to have to just say no thanks. The guidelines also prevent contradictory decisions that can create problems in the church.

    A Missions Manual is not designed to be rigid to the point that prayer and seeking God’s will on all mission decisions are left out. A Missions Manual simply has the general guidelines from which specific decisions are made. Written guidelines provide the tools needed to make specific decisions.

    Writing a Mission Manual

    When writing a Missions Manual make sure to cover the following subjects:

    1. The Biblical Mandate for missions.

    2. The purpose of the Missions Manual.

    3. The responsibility and scope of all missions committees.

    4. The plan to add new missionaries.

    A. The type of missionary you will support

    B. The people groups you would like to be part of evangelizing

    C. The process of becoming a part of your missionary family

    4. The expectation your church has of missionaries and what the missionary can expect from you church.

    5. Your Missionary Care policy.

    6. Your financial support plan for missionaries.

    7. Short-Term Mission Trip policies.

    8. How you will emphasize missions in your church.

    A. Mission Conference

    B. Prayer for missionaries

    C. Distribute information about missionaries to your people.

    9. How you will involve more people in your missions plan.

    A. Giving

    B. Serving

    1. Mission related events like the Mission Conference

    2. Short-term mission trips

    C. Surrendering

    Feel free to contact me for a sample Mission Manual.

    aboundms@gmail.com


  • Monday, February 03, 2020 3:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Shane Salmon, Missionary to Thailand

    As a missionary it is easy to find yourself the "resident expert" on the country you are going to. That is, until your feet hit the ground of the mission field. After spending two years talking about the country you are called to, you are finally there, but you are at a loss for how to begin your life overseas. I suggest 5 priorities that will help any missionary succeed in laying a firm foundation for their time on the field.

    1.    God's Word and Prayer. As much as it seems like the "Jesus" answer in Sunday School you must realize that you are embarking on a journey where you are going to experience the hardest tests of your faith, family, friendships, and possibly even health. Seek the Lord's guidance each and every day by studying His Word and praying.

    2.    Family. The excitement of finally getting to the field may tempt you to jump into the deep end when your family isn’t even treading water yet. Taking the time to make the mission field a place that your family loves and enjoys will make all the difference. This may mean spending a day a week being a tourist of your city, finding activities your kids can participate in, or searching for that awesome dessert shop.

    3.    Local Church. A local church is a great source of knowledge and wisdom to a missionary just arriving on the field (where else are you going to find out about that amazing hole in the wall noodle shop?). Connecting with a local church (if there is one in your area) while you are learning the language and culture is crucial. Serve where you can, even when you don’t know the language.

    4.    Local Life. Social media can be a fun, comforting, and even useful tool. However, it can also be a source of addiction, discontentment, and a place of retreat. Instead of opening Instagram, open your front door and get out into the marketplace, malls, parks, etc. Not only will your communication skills grow, but you will also find God-given opportunities to be His ambassador.

    5.    Culture and Language. As a missionary, you must become a life-long student of the culture and language on your field. Too often we feel the pressure to speed through language school to begin our ministry that, in our mind, will rival that of the Apostle Paul. Invest the time in your language and culture acquisition and the return will be worth every minute!

    This first season of ministry on the mission field may seem daunting, but take comfort in the fact that the Lord has been preparing you your whole life for this purpose. Love God, serve your family, minister faithfully, and learn to laugh at yourself. It’s going to be quite the adventure!

    Contact Shane at salmons2thailand@gmail.com

  • Thursday, May 03, 2018 4:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Brian Weed, Missionary to Nicaragua

     

    What is the REAL Biblical focus of Missions?  Answer:  Church Planting and Evangelism!

    But, why are missionaries jumping ship and doing so many other “missions projects”?  Maybe they aren’t really jumping ship at all.  Maybe they are leveraging the mission by putting more hooks in the water.  As missionaries, we should always be seeking new and strategic methods to enhance the church planting potential on our respective mission fields.  More hooks in the water simply translates to more opportunities to reach one more person and plant one more church.

               

    We can use humanitarian efforts to reach people with the Gospel.  And those efforts are simply more hooks in the water.  ¿How? 

    By following a few of our techniques in Nicaragua.

    Our Strategies and why:

    #1 Feeding children.  -   A hungry kid will not listen to the Gospel like a kid with food in his / her belly.  That is just simple logic.  I must admit, this is NOT one of our top outreach tools.  

    #2 Sports Ministry.  -  Our ministry “AVANCE SPORTS INTERNATIONAL” is now in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Cuba.  Soon we hope to see AVANCE SPORTS BELIZE.  My friend Alexis Arguello (Pro Boxer) shared a little secret with me years ago when I arrived in Nicaragua.  He said that sports could reach kids in Nicaragua.  HE WAS RIGHT.   We have 2,000+ kids annually involved in AVANCE SPORT Nicaragua alone.  Avance Sports is our #1 outreach tool.

    3. Medical Ministry.  -  Yes, we have a medical Center.  Our Medical Center has 1,500+ consultations every month.  This Medical Center has allowed our church in La Esmeralda to not only reach its community, but to also reach into 12 other communities and even start a new church in one of those communities.

     

    With all this said, keep your focus.  It is easy to focus on what comes easy.  It is also easy to focus on areas that produce quick results.  But, don’t allow the tail to wag the dog!!!  The main thing MUST always be church planting and evangelism.  If we lose that focus, we become humanitarians only.  That is not a fulfilling of Matthew 28:18-20.  Go get ém!!!

     

    Brian G. Weed

    Familia Avance Nicaragua

    Avance Sports International


  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 8:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What Does BCMN Endorsement Mean to a Pastor?

    A BCMN Endorsement tells a pastor that a missionary has been approved by a credible mission agency, and is a Biblical, Balanced, and Baptist missionary who is in agreement with BCMN’s Statement of Faith. (https://baptistcmn.org/Statement-of-Faith)

    Biblical - BCMN Endorsed missionaries place a premium on preaching and teaching God’s Word. The Word of God is what the Spirit of God uses to work in the hearts of the people of God to accomplish the will of God in this world.

    Balanced – BCMN Endorsed missionaries have a conviction that it is God’s plan to reach people of every demographic in all of the world through the ministry of the local church. Their focus is on evangelism, ministry and missions and avoiding the extremes and trends of popular cultural-based Christianity.

    Baptist – BCMN Endorsed missionaries have a conviction that the distinctives that make us Baptists have both relevance and value in a time when Bible doctrine is taking a backseat to pragmatism, programs, and personality driven ministry. BCMN Endorsed missionaries embrace our historical Baptist heritage, not as a matter of nostalgia, but as a matter of Biblical conviction.

    All endorsed missionaries fill out an application that explains their salvation experience, call to missions and agreement with BCMN’s Statement of Faith and BCMN’s Biblical, Balanced, and Baptist philosophy. Once the application is accepted, missionaries are sent a Strategic Report. The Strategic Report includes a missionary’s personal Statement of Faith and ministry plan. An updated Strategic Report is submitted to the BCMN board every year for review.  After receiving the application and Strategic Report the board of BCMN votes to endorse the missionary.

    BCMN Endorsed missionaries also receive training and coaching.

    Endorsed missionaries attend Missionary Communication Workshop. This is a five-day on-site workshop designed to help missionaries clearly communicate their call and passion for the mission field. At the workshop missionaries receive training in every aspect of communication including preaching, teaching, reporting to churches, Q&A’s, and support letters. For more information about the workshops go to www.aboundmissionaryservices.com.

    Endorsed missionaries participate in Financial Coaching. Finances very often are stressful for everyone. Finances can be even harder on missionaries because they must handle personal income and ministry income. Just because God has called a person or couple to mission work does not mean that they have learned the principles of good money management. Lewis McClendon is a Certified Ramsey Solutions Financial Coach. He has the training to help missionaries identify problem areas in their finances, create a long term financial plan, and learn to live on a budget that the couple works together to create and maintain. This coaching is done in person or on Skype or FaceTime.

    For more information about BCMN missionary endorsement contact Lewis McClendon at l.mcclendon@baptistcmn.org. (330) 575-0199

  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 8:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What Are the Benefits of BCMN Endorsement to Missionaries?

    It is not always easy for a Baptist pastor to book a missionary in their church when they do not know the missionary. A missionary has the backing and support of their sending pastor and mission agency that provides them with credibility to a pastor they do not know, but is there any other organization that a Baptist pastor can look to for an additional endorsement of a missionary? Just as people are more likely to trust an accredited college or a product that has been tested by an independent company like Good Housekeeping, a Baptist pastor is more likely to invite missionaries he does not know well to his church if they have an endorsement from BCMN.

    BCMN is a network of Baptist pastors who endorse missionaries who are in agreement with BCMN’s Biblical, Balanced and Baptist philosophy and their Statement of Faith. (https://baptistcmn.org/Statement-of-Faith). BCMN is not a mission agency that approves a missionary or processes their funds. All missionaries seeking endorsement must have the approval of a credible mission agency.

    Biblical - BCMN Endorsed missionaries place a premium on preaching and teaching God’s Word. The Word of God is what the Spirit of God uses to work in the hearts of the people of God to accomplish the will of God in this world.

    Balanced – BCMN Endorsed missionaries have a conviction that it is God’s plan to reach people of every demographic in all of the world through the ministry of the local church. Their focus is on evangelism, ministry and missions and avoiding the extremes and trends of popular cultural-based Christianity.

    Baptist – BCMN Endorsed missionaries have a conviction that the distinctives that make us Baptists have both relevance and value in a time when Bible doctrine is taking a backseat to pragmatism, programs, and personality driven ministry. BCMN Endorsed missionaries embrace our historical Baptist heritage, not as a matter of nostalgia, but as a matter of Biblical conviction.

    Baptist pastors receive many requests from missionaries from multiple organizations every week. They have a heart for missions and missionaries and desire to be a part of God’s plan to reach the world, but with all the requests they receive they have a hard time choosing a missionary that matches their Baptist distinctives. BCMN helps to build a missionary’s credibility with Baptist pastors by vetting, accountability, training and coaching.

    Vetting – BCMN Endorsed missionaries who agree with BCMN’s Statement of Faith, and Biblical, Balanced, and Baptist philosophy.

    Accountability – BCMN Endorsed missionaries submit a personal Statement of Faith and Strategic Ministry Plan each year.

    Training – BCMN Endorsed missionaries attend Missionary Communication Workshop. This is a five-day workshop designed to help missionaries clearly communicate their call and passion for the mission field. At the workshop missionaries receive training in every aspect of communication including preaching, teaching, reporting to churches, Q&A’s, and written communication. For more information about the workshop go to www.aboundmissionaryservices.com.

    Coaching – BCMN Endorsed missionaries participate in Financial Coaching. Lewis McClendon is a Certified Ramsey Solutions Financial Coach. He has the training to help missionaries identify problem areas in their finances, create a long term financial plan, and learn to live on a budget that the couple works together to create and maintain. This coaching is done in person or on Skype or FaceTime.

    An endorsement from BCMN can go a long way in helping a missionary get a booking with a Baptist pastor. For more information contact Lewis McClendon at l.mcclendon@baptistcmn.org or (330) 575-0199.

     

  • Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Author: Lewis McClendon, BCMN Missions


    I believe the greatest gift a church member can give a missionary is prayer. The finances needed to go a mission field and preach the gospel are important, but not more important than prayer.

    Paul knew the value of prayer warriors. In Paul’s writings in the New Testament he asked for prayer five times. Every Christian should passionately and regularly pray for their missionaries because of four results only achieved through prayer.

    Result #1 – Boldness Ephesians 6:19
    Paul requested that his prayer warriors pray for him to have the boldness needed to open his mouth and proclaim the mystery of the gospel. Boldness means fearless or confident freedom in speaking. Wherever Paul went he was in the minority. In a pagan world he needed the fearlessness to confidently tell people the good news.

    Result #2 – Open Doors Colossians 4:3-4
    Only prayer can open doors for the gospel. Paul had a passion to reach the lost. There is no telling what would happen in our world if we had Paul’s passion for the lost. But Paul knew he could not open someone’s heart for the gospel, and he wanted to be ready to act when God did. When Paul was in prison in Philippi, he was praying and singing when an earthquake hit. In that earthquake Paul saw God opening a door of opportunity to reach the jailer. As the jailer drew his sword to kill himself, Paul told him
    there was no reason to do that because the prisoners were still there. His focus was not personal comfort – escape; his focus was on an opportunity to witness that came about because Paul’s prayer warriors were praying God would open doors for Paul to witness.

    Result #3 – The gospel will spread rapidly II Thessalonians 3:1
    Paul knew that if people prayed the Word would spread quickly throughout the world. We see from Paul’s travels that he got to see that happen. But Paul knew why. It was not just because he was traveling the world; it was in answer to his prayer warriors’ prayers.

    Result #4 – Deliverance from those who oppose the gospel. II Thessalonians 3:2
    Paul dealt with people who put up every road block they could. Missionaries face the same problem today. Countries are finding more ways to block missionaries from their country through visa restrictions. Families are using every tactic to keep a family member from trusting Christ as Savior. Paul knew the only answer to this is passionate, regular prayers of prayer warriors.

    In Romans 15:30 Paul asked the Romans to strive together with him in prayers. Strive is an athletic word meaning to work hard together in a team sport. Ministry is not an individual activity. Paul is inviting people to get out of the stands and join him in the arena by praying for him. Spectators are not needed. When you pray for your missionaries you are jointly working hard together to reach the people God has called them to.

    These four results can only be achieved through prayer. In I Thessalonians 5:25 Paul said it best. “’Brethren, pray for us.”


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