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Why should we do missions?

Swimming in a relativistic culture as we do, it’s easy to see why the number of American missionaries is declining. Why force your beliefs on someone of another culture? Why the paternalism? Haven’t Americans already done enough damage around the world? OK, we’ll grant you the need for social jus…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
Swimming in a relativistic culture as we do, it’s easy to see why the number of American missionaries is declining. Why force your beliefs on someone of another culture? Why the paternalism? Haven’t Americans already done enough damage around the world? OK, we’ll grant you the need for social justice, but not traditional missionaries. Isn’t it time that we let nations sort out their own problems?
This video as good a response as I’ve seen. And perhaps you can list a few responses of your own to the critics. Why should we do missions?

Comments (19)

  • “Change my heart O God,-make it ever true.-Change my heart O God may I be like you.”(Eddie Espinosa)
    This song was playing in my head when I woke up this morning. And I thought to myself “that’s a prayer, but what am I doing to help answer that prayer?”
    Then I watched this video with tears. And now at the end of the day I have come back to watch it again, with more tears I say “Here I am.”
    Thankyou connie from Canada

  • Oh Jesus, here am I send me!!
    Why do we do missions, well Jesus has sent us to spread His love to the nations, we go because he has sent us. We as Christ followers are to love our neighbors as ourselves. Who is my neighbor?? I have neighbors in Uganda, and in RO and Honduras and the DR and Pemba. Who is not my neighbor??
    When I have gone on missions I feel the closet to God. I am the most desperate for God. I love sharing what the Lord has given me and I can learn sooo much from my brothers and sisters from other cultures. My heart is broken over and over on missions in a good way. It is always a stretching growing experience. My faith continues to grow. I can’t say enough about missions, I think everyone should go on at least one trip and see what God does. I can’t wait for my next trip!!!

    Lord bless your journey

  • I AM MOVED TO TEARS as I write this.

    “Here I am Lord…”

    “Oh Jesus, please break our hearts with the things that break yours… Make it be real to us… Use us, oh God…”

  • Interestingly, I’ve only ever seen short term mission trips offered to church members. I’ve grown up in church and not ONCE ever heard the idea that maybe we (members of the congregation) should consider becoming long term missionaries.

    Of course it’s a good idea to support those who have already gone to the field, but it sure seems an elusive and secretive process to get there. Is this typical? A California thing? Indicative of anything? It seems a bit strange to me.

    Still bewildered by the fact that our pastor (at the time) while commissioning us to leave on the world race actually stated that the church was glad we were going to places like Africa so they wouldn’t have to (yikes!). Then, didn’t support us with a single cent.

  • Two young Moravians heard of an island in the West Indies where an atheist British owner had 2000 to 3000 slaves. And the owner had said, “No preacher, no clergyman, will ever stay on this island. If he’s shipwrecked we’ll keep him in a separate house until he has to leave; but he’s never going to talk to any of us about God. I’m through with all that nonsense.” Three thousand salves from the jungles of Africa brought to an island in the Atlantic and there to live and die without hearing of Christ.

    Two young Moravians heard about it. They sold themselves to the British planter and used the money they received from their sale, for he paid no more than he would for any slave, to pay their passage out to his island for he wouldn’t even transport them. As the ship left it’s pier in the river at Hamburg and was going out into the North Sea, carried with the tide, the Moravians had come from Herrenhut to see these two lads off, in their early twenties. Never to return again, for this wasn’t a four year term; they sold themselves into life-time slavery. Simply that as slaves, they could be a s Christians where these others were. The families were there weeping, for they knew they would never see them again. And they wondered why they were going and questioned the wisdom of it. As the gap widened and the housings had been cast off and were being curled up there on the pier, and the young boys saw the widening gap, one lad with his arm liked through the arm of his fellow, raised his hand and shouted across the gap the last words that were heard from them, they were these: “MAY THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN, RECEIVE THE REWARD OF HIS SUFFERING!” This became the call of Moravian missions. And this is the only reason for being, That the Lamb that was slain, may receive the reward of His suffering

  • Thanks, Sue. I love that link or our missions heritage thru the Moravian movement. We went last year to Herrnhut where it all began. The 24/7 prayer tower. The “Watch of the Lord” for 100 years. Living in community. The rich Count who opened up his land for the use of God’s Kingdom. Living out what they believed about the call to the whole world. There are many inspiring examples to follow.

  • Loved this video, especially the ending. Once she reached the rough top and presented the question of “What now?”… that’s when it got good. I wish more people understood what it’s all about. I guess that’s why I do what I do.

  • Sue,

    Have been to a Holy Given School with Lesley-Anne??? The only place I have heard that is with Cindy’s song at Holy Given.



  • I’ve forwarded this link to over 300 people. These blogs the last couple days could raise the dead! I don’t want to say much…just pray as to what is the next step. And do it!

  • Im sorry Joy but I have never heard of either “Holy given school” or the name Lesley-Anne. Are they in the USA? Im not too good with names. Are they linked to missionary work?

    However, I have heard of Seth and his new G42 school in Spain….thats a start! 🙂

  • Hi Sue,

    Yeah Lesley-Anne Leighton is a missionary from New Zealand. She travels the world. Part of her mission is a missionary school, Holy Given. I first heard the story about the Moravian missionaries who willingly sold themselves as slaves for the spread of the gospels at this mission school. There is a very powerful song from Cindy Ruakere, a maori women of God also from NZ that was inspired from this story. It is called Receive. you can check out her web-site, this song is powerful!!
    Thanks Sue for the wonderful story of sold out followers of Christ willing to give up everything for the love of Jesus!

  • Lesley-Anne is fabulous – a very very powerful woman. Heard her speak and she is so full of the Holy Spirit, very straight and a wonderful lady. Definitely someone you would get on with Sue!! xxxx

  • I can’t get the video to load, WHY we do missions
    can you send it to me
    I have heard many compliments in the comment section and would love to hear the video

    God BLESS

  • Many Thanks for sharing this incredible story. It made weep and I think of grace and mercy and how he died so that the captive can be set free…
    If I had a thousand tongues it would not be enough to say thank you.. May the Lord Bless you continually.

    Atlanta, GA

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