When most folks think of church missionaries, what springs to mind are people traveling to remote corners of the world to bring the word of God to those who do not have access to it. Perhaps they serve to strengthen small caches of believers in countries wrought with government opposition and oppression. Distributing literature and sharing stories of God and his message. Until recently, this was the image that I had of a missionary. While I have several friends who have gone on trips like this to far off places like Myanmar and Central America, I never thought that I too might have something to contribute to the field of missions work.
We were discussing a bit about our lead pastor in community group as it is pastor appreciation week. The conversation was focussing on some of his sermon tag lines. An oft-repeated one is that our church, Waters Edge Church, is a church for the unchurched. We are all about bringing folks to God who do not know him, to spreading his word and his teachings. Someone then suggested that missionaries can be missionaries without necessarily journeying to far off places. Many of us in group volunteer for our church. Some of us make phone calls to folks with questions, some work with teaching the children, some help with the production teams, and some help with leading community groups for children and adults. In our own special way, we are each missionaries for God. We are helping to spread the word by teaching and sharing. Mission possible.
"Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation", Mark 16:15.