1. Pray in a focused and strategic manner. Keep praying for missions and for missionaries. Name names. That is, pray specifically for people, both missionaries and people groups. Pray specifically for nations and strategies. Be informed so you can pray intelligently.
2. Give regularly and generously. Regardless of what you do individually and as a church in direct missions, don’t stop giving cooperatively and through special offerings to support missions and missionaries (for Southern Baptists that is through the Cooperative Program and to Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong). Keep doing all you can directly, but don’t forget that entities such as the International Mission Board are charged with the global perspective. Someone has to think and act according to the big picture. Bottom line, don’t rob Peter to pay Paul. Give more, not less.
3. Go humbly and wisely. When you go on direct missions trips, go with care. That is, learn all you can about the mission field and missionaries where you are going. Line up with their strategies. Commit to work with them long-term. Be a learner, an encourager, and a support to the missionaries. Work hard at not being one their horror stories!
4. Send increasingly and enthusiastically. Along with giving more, send more! That is, realize that having billions of dollars more in missions funds won’t matter if there are not people called and sent. When missions is celebrated in your church, put out the call. When people surrender to the call, get behind them. Be open yourself to the call. We often hear the statement that “every Christian is a missionary.” I have said it myself. Well, yes, every believer is to be a missionary where he/she is, BUT there are those who are specially and vocationally called to be missionaries. Let’s don’t allow “everyone’s job to be nobody’s job.”
5. Trust God from the beginning to the end. God is on mission to redeem his entire creation. This mission did not start with us – with any missionary or missions agency. It started with God himself way back in Genesis. His mission continues. Amazingly, he has chosen his imperfect church to carry out the mission. Sometimes we fail, sometimes we take a few steps back, and sometimes we despair. Don’t, at least not for long. Trust that God’s purposes will be carried out.
The world is changing rapidly and radically. The task of global missions is caught up in those changes. The task does not change in its essence, but continually has to be re-examined, re-explained, and re-charged with new ideas and methods. Sometimes we get it right and sometimes we don’t. The task – God’s task – continues until He returns. Keep it up.