General Information about Going Yourself
The gospel came to you because it's on its way to someone else. — Todd Ahrend
- Go wisely. Partner with a strategy that empowers, not one that enables. An empowering strategy has an eventual "hand-off" built into their process, so nationals can gain ownership of the ministry. An enabling strategy has no "hand-off." It continually does the work nationals eventually should be doing. This is unhealthy. An enabling strategy fosters permanent dependence and breeds spiritual complacency. It communicates a gospel that fails to release people to their full potential. It becomes a gospel that doesn't communicate value and worth.
- Go strategically. Go to the unreached. Serve people of the THUMB (Tribal, Hindu, Unreligious, Muslim, Buddhist). The following mission agencies focus exclusively on unreached peoples.
- Go gradually. Start with a short term trip (lasting weeks) then progress to mid-term trips (month) and long-term (years).
- Go with help. Overwhelmed by the opportunities? Confused by the choices? Let others help guide you. Suggested sites include the following:
- Go professionally. Trips designed for those who work full time and can only go for a week or two. Gain USA, Right Now.org, Finishers, Crossworld
- Go to partners. A well planned trip to members of your "World Team" can be a mutually encouraging event.
- Go nationally. Consider going to a stateside mobilizing ministry or mission sending agency. Bible schools and mission agencies are greatly aided by those who work for them. This, in turn, helps them send people to the field as well as care for those already there. Watch Portrait of Bible Translation and Shane Reappointed.
- Go knowingly. Interact with the following videos and website about the process of going.
Specific Ways to Go Yourself
We talk of the second coming, half the world has not heard of the first. — Oswald J. Smith
"Later than night I held an atlas in my lap, ran my fingers across the whole world and whispered, "Where does it hurt?" It answered, "Everywhere, everywhere, everywhere."
- Muslim (East, South, Central and Pacific Asia, Middle East, North & Sub-Sahara Africa)
- POWs. Persecuted, Widows, Orphans, and others.
- Persecuted, Orphans and Widows. Samaritan's Purse, Voice of the Martyrs, Open Doors, International Justice Ministry (IJM).
- Internationals in the US. New York, Pioneers.
- The Deaf. The need for deaf translators, Wycliffe
- Aviation ministries. New Tribes, Moody Aviation, Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF)