Recommended Reading: “Cross-Cultural Servanthood,” by Duane Elmer

WIM senior missionaries were recently asked the question, “From the perspective gained during your time on the field, what additional study materials or preparation would you like to have received during your training?”  One answer repeatedly surfaced. The single most-frequent response revealed a desire for greater understanding of how to live and work cross-culturally. With a goal of addressing this need, for the past several years WIM’s required reading for new missionaries includes the book, Cross-Cultural Servanthood, by Duane Elmer, among others.

Concerning this book, missionary Chad Pennington says, “This book does a great job of highlighting Biblical principles of leadership and how to apply those principles to missions and cross-cultural ministry.”  He reiterates that, if we endeavor to lead in the way Jesus led, we must be serving others. As cross-cultural ministers of the Gospel, we must intentionally remain humble and teachable, ever learning from the people we are called to serve.  Our attempts to minister to people of a different culture are problematic, if we fail to dedicate the time necessary to learn well the culture and its values. We must remember that we have much to learn, and God is able to teach us and shape us into His perfect will, even through the culture we are called to serve.

Missionaries and other people in ministry must always be purposeful in seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, “to ensure that we are leading in a way that honors Christ and serves those who look to us for direction.”  In the end, if the people to whom we are called to minister view us as leaders, hopefully it is because we have modeled servanthood, just as Jesus did. Serving as Jesus did will demonstrate how to serve, in practical terms—for the benefit of those who would follow our example.

If you have not yet read this book, I would encourage you to put it on your short-list of books to read.

WIM Partners with AARE’s Generous Giving Program

Did you know?
You can buy or sell a home and support World Indigenous Missions at the same time!

How?
WIM has partnered with AARE’s Generous Giving Program. This means if you or anyone you know chooses to work with AARE as their agent, when the transaction closes, AARE will donate 10-40% of the the company’s gross commission to WIM! This donation program is in addition to the 20% in charitable contributions the company currently donates from its gross profits to charity.

This means you can donate thousands of dollars to WIM without writing us a check. Watch the video below to learn how it works:

 

World Indigenous Missions acknowledges the support of AARE. This is not an endorsement or promotion of AARE’s service.

Make a Global Impact No Matter Where you Are

You have a passion to reach the lost. You want to make a difference through global missions. However, you feel like you can’t. Perhaps you feel that you are limited because you are in a season of your life when you must remain where you are. Don’t worry. Even if life has you planted firmly in a small town, you can still make a global impact. Like a pebble dropped in a pond, even the smallest actions create a ripple effect with the potential to reach across the world. Here are some ways to impact global missions from any location.

Prayer

While it may seem simple and obvious, prayer is one of the most important ways to make a difference in global missions. Pray for more workers to go into the field. Pray for missionaries by name and let them know you pray for them. Ask missionaries how you can specifically pray for them. Pray for specific countries and areas of the world.

Support

You can support global missions several ways. Providing financial support to missionaries and mission organizations is one way. Another way is through communication with missionaries. Depending on technology restrictions, there are several ways to communicate, such as email, Skype, phone, communication apps such as WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. Ask the missionary which way they prefer to communicate. Reaching out to them (especially between newsletter updates) provides great encouragement and helps them battle feelings of isolation. If a missionary is in town, take them out for dinner, see if they need help finding a place to stay or maybe a car to use. If they have children, offer childcare so they can have a date night and recharge. These small acts of kindness are such a blessing to missionaries. You can also make a global impact by volunteering your time and services at your local missions agency. Learn more about ways to volunteer here.

Gather Information about Global Missions

Articles, books, and videos about the history of missions, missions training, or even inspirational stories from the field help us learn more and equip us with knowledge to fulfill the call of the Great Commission.

Reach Out to Internationals in Your Community

Maybe you can’t leave the country to reach the nations, but the nations may be closer than you think by way of immigrants in your community. Scott Slayton recommends in a post on the IMB website: “Approach internationals living in your community as neighbors. Show them hospitality. Welcome them into your circle of friends. Find out the difficulties they face as they settle into a new home. Learn how you can minister to them and serve them in Jesus’s name.”

No matter your location, you can still make a difference. You just have to start.

You Can Make a Difference!

ATTENTION! Do you want to make a difference in this world? Are you looking for a great adventure? Does serving your fellow man motivate you? Have you had special training you would like to use to make a real impact in this world? If so, we have opportunities for you.

If you are a doctor, nurse, midwife, physician’s assistant, physical therapist, optometrist, dentist, etc., there is a place for you. If you are an engineer or business person, there is a place for you. If you are an educator, there is a place for you. Did you know you can use your skills in places like Kyrgyzstan or Uzbekistan or many other places in Asia?

More than 67% of the world’s population live in a region of the world known as the 10/40 window, a term used to describe the least reached parts of the world. In simple terms, it is the area of the world between 10 and 40 degrees north latitude — a rectangular box that encompasses parts of Northern Africa, the Middle East and Asia. This is less than one-third of the world’s land mass, yet two-thirds (TWO-THIRDS!) of the global population live within this area. Not only is this window heavily populated, but it is also characterized by extreme poverty and the highest concentration of people groups without access to the good news, due to both resistance and lack of opportunities to reach them.

 

Working as a tentmaker, you would have an opportunity to use your skills while serving some of the neediest people – through healthcare, business development, engineering, or education. Each day you would be in contact with people, building relationships, helping meet practical needs, and living out true love.

If this would be something you are interested in, please contact us and let’s begin a conversation.