A few weeks ago, I received a sweet letter from an elderly contributor. This fine lady carried in her heart for many years a desire for missions, but she was unable to “go.” At a recent Prayer League event her passion was reawakened, but now over 90 and in poor health, going herself is out of the question.
Even so, Betty has found a way of going in spirit: she will pay for others to go in her place. So, living in a place where she doesn’t need them, she will use the proceeds of her long-term care insurance to support missions and thereby consider herself a missionary – which she most certainly is! In the Prayer League, we refer to people like her as “Fellow Workers.” Furthermore, Betty says she is not praying for healing, so the funds will continue to flow.
We thank God for showing Betty her role in missions. The “priesthood of all believers” is an important doctrine that came out of the Protestant Reformation. According to this doctrine, based on 1 Peter 2, we Christians have a special privilege and calling: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (v.9). Romans 12 also says that each of us has special gifts and roles to play in proclaiming God’s Kingdom. Your particular role can change with different stages of life, and to discover and live out God’s role for where you are today is a true blessing.
It cannot be overstated how important prayers, contributions and letters are for a missionary in the field. Aside from meeting obvious practical, material needs, these gifts are uplifting and affirming. Even a missionary can have a “down day,” and an unexpected note of thanks or support is very encouraging. So, send your missionary a card, or include a note with your contribution and we will make sure it gets to them.
Thank you for your ongoing support.