HOW DO WE WELCOME OUR MISSIONARIES BACK HOME?
The apostle Paul urged the believers in Phlippi to welcome their own Epaphroditus back as one who had “risked his life for the work of Christ” (Phil. 2:30). He urged them to give him the “honor” he deserved, for he had almost died while serving with Paul.
This year our church sent out three teams to partner with missionaries we support. We sent teams to Baltimore, Indonesia and Uganda. When our teams returned, we had them present mission reports at a Sunday evening service, so we could rejoice with them in God’s work. God is doing an amazing work in our midst, activating us for missions. Yet, we would desire even more stirring of our hearts from the Spirit for His work.
Some give and pray and some go and stay, while others go for a short while to bring help and encouragement. In addition, Paul reminds us not to forget to welcome them back with love, joy and honor when they return home.
PRAYER: Father, thank You for saving us and giving us the call to carry the gospel to the nations. We have honored many in our culture as “heroes,” but few of them deserve it. Help us to honor those who do Your work as the true heroes. For they serve our only true Hero, Jesus Christ. In His name we pray, amen.