General Information on Supporting Others
- Support personally by becoming SOGY (Support Others or Go Yourself). Everyone should become SOGY. Support is essential. For every ten people involved in sharing the gospel overseas, eight serve as stateside supporters. Only two serve as actual "goers." Eighty percent of each given team stays behind and "holds the ropes." Without these supporters, overseas work would cease and the workers would be forced to leave the field. Supporting overseas workers is a vital role in helping spread the gospel to the unreached. Watch "Six Ways" video on Support. Read Serving as Senders, Gospel Patrons.
- Support strategically by partnering with those working among the unreached. Specifically with those working among the five categories of unreached peoples, the THUMB (Tribal, Hindu, Unreligious, Muslim and Buddhist). The unreached have no access to the gospel. They have no opportunity to believe. They have no chance to know. Sadly, in spite of the urgency and priority of the unreached, only 1% of money given to missions by American churches goes to unreached peoples. Only 3% of full-time Christian workers from America serve among the unreached. Source; The Traveling Team. If you have not already done so, watch The State of the World.
So we ourselves should support them (the traveling teachers) so that we can be partners as they teach the truth.
- Support partnering agencies that help workers. Sometimes the best way to support is to partner with an agency or non governmental organization (NGO) that works in partnership with overseas workers. Agencies such as Samaritan's Purse, Voice of the Martyrs and Never Thirst.
- Support gradually by starting slowly. Determine your level of involvement. Begin by becoming an informational partner by requesting newsletters and updates. Then become a prayer partner. Then maybe become a financial partner. Overseas workers benefit from generous, faithful financial support. Finally, you may wish to be a "in person" partner by either helping a worker when stateside or making a well planned overseas visit. You control the amount of involvement and level of partnership. You can always change the status of your partnership.
- Support US workers. Also called "Westerners" and "Foreigners." US workers benefit from support while overseas as well as when they're stateside. Oversees support includes notes of encouragement, "care packages", faithful prayer, generous monthly financial support and possibly a well planned personal visit. Stateside support includes transportation and housing needs. It also includes helping with any specialized care, medical issues or unique needs. It always includes the need for friendship, fellowship and reentry help. US workers go through a tremendous adjustment when they return to the states. The pace of life in the US is much different than anywhere else. For some, a few years away can feel like they have been away for much longer. Imagine going away for four years and coming back feeling like you've been gone for twenty!
- Support National workers. Nationals are also called indigenous workers. They serve in their own homeland. They are especially strategic to support because they already have citizenship and are acclimated to the culture (language, diet, weather, etc.).
- Support Prayerfully.
- Pray knowingly. Revival Prayer, The Role of Prayer in Spiritual Awakening.
- Pray your "one thing" from Scripture for your World Team (see below).
- Pray with other believers all over the world on the same day for the same country through Operation Word.
- Pray with other believers all over the world on the same day for the same needs through "I commit to pray.
- Pray for the top 100 unreached people groups through Joshua Project.
- Pray via Prayercast. Shine, The World, His Praise Goes On, Ishmael.
- Pray with others. See the "Six Ways Prayer Video."
A Specific Way to Support Others
- Form a World Team. A World Team is a group of workers (Americans and Nationals) and agencies serving the THUMB (Tribal, Hindu, Unreligious, Muslim and Buddhist) and POWs (Persecuted, Orphans and Widows). It's made up of people and ministries of your choosing. Much like a "fantasy" sports team. Review the resources below and begin to build your World Team. Contact the listed people and/or agencies and place them in each part of the THUMB and POW and pray for them by day of the week. When contacting an agency, ask to be paired with someone who fits your profile (older, younger, single, married, family etc.). Your contact information will be forwarded to the workers. Wait to hear from them. Explain your desire to become a partner and see where it leads.
Monday: Tribal (Mexico, South America, Africa, Papua, Papua New Guinea)
Tuesday: Hindu (India, Nepal)
Wednesday: Unreligious (East Asia, South East Asia)
Thursday: Muslim (Central, East, South, and Pacific Asia, Africa, the Middle East)
Friday: Buddhist (Japan, Tibet, Cambodia, Thailand)
Saturday: POW (Persecuted, Orphans, Widows) and others.