Your Field Guide to Missions
Of more importance than your passports, hand sanitizers, or bug repellents, are the attitudes you bring with you to the mission field. Take a look at some of these:
“Constructive Attitudes I Can Take with Me on Mission”
1. I will give away all my rights, they belong to the Lord anyway.
2. I will not become bitter or discouraged if any of my rights, privileges, and responsibilities are taken away.
3. I will resist the temptation to have the answer for everything on any subject.
4. I will not play the role of the wealthy provider.
5. I will cheerfully adjust, change, or drop my planned program to meet the local needs and fit into the local context.
6. I will consult and support local leaders and believers.
7. I will seek to live and work in a way that reflects Christ living in me.
*Regardless of what manner or method of evangelism you would like to use on the mission field, please take a look at this Evangelism Accord that has been drafted by the local body of Christ.
Some Recommended reading for your Kindle or Kindle enabled device:
Quote from the book: “Servanthood is revealed in simple, everyday events. But it’s complex because servanthood is culturally defined-that is, serving must be sensitive to the cultural landscape while remaining true to the Scripture.
Quote from the book: “The biggest problems in short-term missions are not technical or administrative. The biggest challenges lie in communication, misunderstanding, personality conflict, poor leadership, and bad teamwork.”
Quote from the book: “A helpful first step in thinking about working with the poor in any context is to discern whether the situation calls for relief, rehabilitation, or development.”
Quote from the book: “When we do for those in need what they have the capacity to do for themselves, we disempower them.”
Quote from the book: “The biblical worldview is holistic in the sense that the physical world is never understood as being disconnected or separate from the spiritual world and the rule of the God who created it. Moreover, Christ—the creator, sustainer, and redeemer of the creation—is both in us and interceding for us at the right hand of God the Father. The fact that the Word became flesh explodes the claim that the spiritual and physical can be separated meaningfully.”
Quote from the book: “If we treat everything as right and wrong, we do a great disservice to the human diversity God has placed in his creation. If we treat everything as a cultural difference, we do a great disservice to the God who authored an uncompromising word of truth.
Some Helpful Documentation For Being on Mission
The Two Structures of God’s Redemptive Mission By Ralph D. Winter