First steps to the mission field

When we were on home-assignment, back in Holland we were asked a couple of times: “I am praying about mission for some time now, but I am not sure what to do next; wait for a letter from heaven?”

Since one of the aims for this website is to mobilize people we thought it good to answer this question for all of you as well. First of all, there are still so many people needed. Of course we want to see our Thai brothers and sisters take up this task and this is happening already. But in reality we have to admit that they are not yet up to this huge task alone. Furthermore, even the Thai church has asked us to mobilize for more workers to come to Thailand and help to reach the country. There are still so many people, so many places unreached with the Gospel. No Church, no Christians, no missionary, no witness. Yet we do believe that it is God’s passion to reach these places with the good news. It should be our passion as well.

That being said, questions may arise: “how do just you go about that? Where do I fit in? Don’t you need a specific calling? We don’t have all the answers; God goes a different way with all of us. However, we have been on the mission field for a couple of years now and I think we have some practical insights that may help you. First of all I think it is important that you start to pray about missions. Investigate in and start praying about different kinds of ministries around the world. Read the Bible and find out what God’s view on missions is. Probably most of you do have an interest in missions already otherwise you wouldn’t be on this site right?

We have noticed that a lot of people are still waiting for some sort of a supernatural calling before they undertake any action. I think we are all supernaturally called to missions already. We got our letter from heaven; the Bible says clearly what we ought to do. Sharing the good news about Christ is not a task reserved specifically for Pastors and Missionaries. Going to the mission field however, you really need God to be on your side. It is not an easy job.

If you are thinking about going to the mission field we want to encourage you to just go and talk to different mission agencies. Speaking for ourselves OMF has helped us in discovering Gods plan for our lives in a very helpful and sensitive way. The road to the mission field has many obstacles regarding support, designation, finances etc. It is unlikely you will end up on the mission field if you are not meant to be. On the other hand, if you are then God will surely open the doors for you. Just be willing to take the risk and start walking with Him. Know that you can ask us anything anytime and that you are very welcome to come and visit us in Isan to see what it is like. PS: if you really don’t want to go, don’t listen to the music of Keith Green:“Unless you hear a clear ‘no’, everybody should go”’

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