The 3 Keys of Missional Living

Missional living is described as adopting the thinking, behavior, and practices of a missionary to engage people in the Christian message.

According Jesus’ statements in the Gospel according to John, every Christian has been sent by Jesus with the gospel to those in the surrounding culture for the sake of the King and His kingdom: “The Church is sent into the world to continue that which he came to do, in the power of the same Spirit, reconciling people to God.” Jesus said, “As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21)

Lesslie Newbigin writes, “No one can say: ‘Since I’m not called to be a missionary, I do not have to evangelize my friends and neighbors.’ There is no difference, in spiritual terms, between a missionary witnessing in his home town and a missionary witnessing in Katmandu, Nepal. We are all called to go—even if it is only to the next room, or the next block.”

How can you gain this perspective for your life? Being missional is not just putting a block of time into your agenda to do something for your neighbours or your community, it involves everything we do and everything we say. All of these actions should be pointing to the Savior. Here are some simple ideas:

  1. Pray – pray for your neighbours, your community, your country and the people that govern it.  Pray also for your church family and your pastor. Years ago, I had a miscarriage and a pastor friend of mine said that he would pray for me as it was the least he could do. Then he said, “No, I will pray for you because it is the most I can do.”  Here at Galcom International, we have awesome volunteers, ministry partners and supporters, and we are upheld by the people who give of their time to daily pray for this ministry.
  2. Give – Give of yourself, your time and your money. The Christians in the early church sold their property and possessions to give to anyone that had need. (Acts 2:45) Shouldn’t we be doing the same? The act of giving should focus on our emotions rather than our pocketbooks. Ministries that proclaim the Gospel have basic needs that must be met such as heat, hydro and paying their staff. So, in this aspect, money is needed.
  3. Serve – There is a group that is called “The Simple Way” (www.thesimpleway.org) whose members, seeing the number of uninhabited buildings, along with the homelessness and the poverty, have moved into the inner city of Philadelphia. You may think that this is extreme, but is it really? Isn’t this what Jesus did?  Moreover, this is precisely what missionaries do as well, when they serve in a foreign land.

There is a multitude of ways you can serve your community, from making muffins for an elderly neighbour to hosting a community barbeque to donating money to a Christian ministry. There are so many hurting people in our communities and throughout the world. Everyone needs the opportunity to see God’s love in action and each Christian needs to take responsibility to see that this happens. Ephesian 6:7 says:” Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people”. If these three attributes every day practice, we are able adding a missional perspective and purpose to our lives.

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A Story from South Sudan

Here in the office, we get a number of testimonies, such as the one below from Every Village in South Sudan.

This story is about a man in the Mvolo area in South Sudan, where we began broadcasting last October.

“This man was a nonbeliever whose son woke up one morning with a high fever. The man turned on his radio to hear our (Every Village) station and heard one of our radio staff about to pray. Our radio staff member asked anyone around a sick person to lay their hand on the part that was sick. This non-believing man put his hand on his sick son’s head. Our radio staff member prayed and the boy was healed. The man was saved and is now composing songs going out over the airwaves. Praise God for His power and grace on display in South Sudan.”

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A Heart for the Lost

As the saying goes, “you are what you eat.” If that is true, are you what you love? Are you that for which you have a heart, or even a burden? A burden sounds like something that could be heavy and painful. One could also call it a concern, or even an accountability that one feels towards someone or something else.

I would think that it is safe to say that many Christians have said that they have a heart or a burden for the lost, which is why some become missionaries and travel to foreign countries to share the Good News. Jesus desires that everyone hears about His love and forgiveness.

Not everyone can travel to a foreign land, nor can everyone donate funds to spread the Good News, but everyone has the ability to pray. At Galcom International we receive a large number of requests for radios or for assistance in installing a radio station, but we cannot always oblige.

At Galcom, prayer is essential to our ministry. In fact, we start every day with prayer, as was written in an earlier post.  Prayer is something that you can do to get involved in Galcom’s ministry. As a friend told me when I was going through a crisis, praying was the least he could do – but also the most he could do.

You can pray for the people that have received a radio Jpeg(Galcom has sent out over 1 million radios over the past 27 years that we have been in ministry). You can also pray for the radio station installations that Galcom has participated in as well. We are constantly in prayer that the necessary funds come in to supply the radios and parts needed for a radio station. Pray too, that the parts needed for radio assembly come in when anticipated; shipping delays can throw production into turmoil. God is good and supplies our needs, sometimes in miraculous ways!

And lastly, please pray for Galcom’s staff who are on the “front lines,” that God will meet their needs as they seek to serve Him in this ministry.