Missionary Partners

Missionary Partners Find another church member of the same gender and ask them to become your missionary partner. Then you each make an interest list. Meet together once a week to pray for the people on each other's lists and to look for ways to demonstrate the love of Jesus to them. She was thrilled that so many of her relatives and friends had come to her baptism. Now, as her hair was drying, she wondered how she would share this new joy in Jesus with them. “Congratulations on your baptism!” one of the ladies in the church said with a smile. “Can I be your missionary partner? We could get together for prayer and look for ways to bring people to Jesus.” “What a great church family,” she thought. “I’d love that. Let’s do it.” A young man wasn’t sure he wanted to remain an Adventist. One day, a man called from the church and said, “I need someone with your creativity and energy to help me with an outreach project I’m working on." That was the beginning of a great mentoring relationship. The world around us has seen the benefits of mentoring and partnering, and it is God’s way of developing leaders. Moses had Aaron. Paul had Barnabas, then later Silas. Luke tells how the 12 apostles and later the 70 were sent out two by two. During the Dark Ages the Waldenses used the two-by-two principle in their ministry. Why is it so important to have a missionary partner? “Calling the 12 about Him, Jesus bade them go out two and two through the towns and villages. None were sent forth alone, but brother was associated with brother, friend with friend. Thus they could help and encourage each other,… each one's strength supplementing the other's weakness. …In our own time evangelistic work would be far more successful if this example were more closely followed.”[1] Why not take a few minutes right now to think of who you might invite this week to be your missionary partner? Ask Jesus to help you find a partner who will grow to be a great worker for Him. For more insights on missionary partners, read Evangelism, pages 72 to 74 and page 437. 1 Ellen G. White, Desire of Ages, p. 350.

Missionary Partners

Find another church member of the same gender and ask them to become your missionary partner. Then you each make an interest list. Meet together once a week to pray for the people on each other's lists and to look for ways to demonstrate the love of Jesus to them.

She was thrilled that so many of her relatives and friends had come to her baptism. Now, as her hair was drying, she wondered how she would share this new joy in Jesus with them.

“Congratulations on your baptism!” one of the ladies in the church said with a smile. “Can I be your missionary partner? We could get together for prayer and look for ways to bring people to Jesus.”

“What a great church family,” she thought. “I’d love that. Let’s do it.”

A young man wasn’t sure he wanted to remain an Adventist. One day, a man called from the church and said, “I need someone with your creativity and energy to help me with an outreach project I’m working on." That was the beginning of a great mentoring relationship.

The world around us has seen the benefits of mentoring and partnering, and it is God’s way of developing leaders. Moses had Aaron. Paul had Barnabas, then later Silas. Luke tells how the 12 apostles and later the 70 were sent out two by two. During the Dark Ages the Waldenses used the two-by-two principle in their ministry.

Why is it so important to have a missionary partner? “Calling the 12 about Him, Jesus bade them go out two and two through the towns and villages. None were sent forth alone, but brother was associated with brother, friend with friend. Thus they could help and encourage each other,… each one's strength supplementing the other's weakness. …In our own time evangelistic work would be far more successful if this example were more closely followed.”[1]

Why not take a few minutes right now to think of who you might invite this week to be your missionary partner? Ask Jesus to help you find a partner who will grow to be a great worker for Him.

For more insights on missionary partners, read Evangelism, pages 72 to 74 and page 437.

1 Ellen G. White, Desire of Ages, p. 350.

February 01, 2007 / Momentum
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