10,000 ways to be involved

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    Here are some good examples (below) of ways to be involved.  If would be helpful to others, if you would share your experiences with personal involvement in your comments.


    Creative Ways to Support Your Missionary Friend

    1. Tithe your bonus money.
    2. When you’re moving or in between church membership, give the funds you would have given to your local church to your missionary friend’s support or project.
    3. Tithe your inheritance.
    4. Once a month, give the same amount you would spend going out to eat with your spouse or family to your missionary friend’s support.
    5. Throw your loose coins in a jar and give that once or twice a year.
    6. Subscribe to your missionary’s support via PayPal or automatic EFT.
    7. Give a pre-designated percentage of your garage or yard sale income and tell your customers what you’re doing; some of them will buy more stuff or even add directly to the missionary support, if they know it’s for a good cause.
    8. Sell the unused stuff accumulating in your attic, garage, basement, shed, shelves, cabinets, and closets.
    9. Provide a plane ticket using your own frequent flyer miles.
    10. You may be able to support your missionary friend by designating your gift through your company’s annual United Way campaign – which means your donation will be matched!
    11. Every time you buy that special coffee you love so much, set aside the same amount to support your missionary friend.
    12. Looked for money that has been inadvertently dropped on the ground or floor and encourage your friends and coworkers to do to also.  Collect the  money in a jar designated for  your missionary friend’s support and put it in an accessible place so people can see it grow.  Maybe they’ll even throw in a little extra to help out.
    13. Include your missionary friend in your spending for special occasions throughout the year:  birthdays, Christmas, anniversary, vacations, etc.



    Finding Your Niche [from David Mays]

    Twenty thought-provoking questions to help you (or help you help someone else) find a unique personal role in outreach.

    In generations past we lived primarily among Christians. The non-Christian world was far away. We commissioned, sent, prayed for and supported those special individuals who ventured to distant places to represent Christ and start churches.

    We still do that and it’s very important. But today we live in a world surrounded by non-Christians from everywhere on the globe. We live in a world characterized by massive migration, cheap transportation and instantaneous global communication. This means that Christians today have unlimited opportunities to participate in reaching out for Christ at home and around the world.

    The number of ways Christians can make a significant impact are limited only by our desire and creativity. This exercise is designed to help you (or to help you help someone else) find a special way to make a significant impact – a role or niche that is specifically unique to you, your situation, your experiences, your interests and the way God has put you together.

    As you proceed through this process, may God give you a burning desire to make a difference, to see people come to Christ, to be involved in seeing His name glorified by people of all backgrounds, colors, nationalities, and positions submitting to His lordship, bowing to the King.

    Write down the answer to each of the following questions. Then proceed to the next section

    1. What is your vocation?

    2. What are your main hobbies?

    3. What are your spiritual gifts?

    4. Do you have a collection? What?

    5. What do you read?

    6. Who do you keep in touch with?

    7. Who do you know in another part of the world?  What do they do?

    8. Where have you traveled?

    9. Who do you know that is not American-born?

    10. What periods of time do you have available? (weekends, summers, evenings, Tuesdays and Thursdays, weekdays, sabbaticals, etc.)

    11. What kinds of people interest you?

    12. Who are your nearest neighbors?

    13. Who do you spend time with that is not a Christian (at work, clubs, neighborhood, community groups, etc.)

    14. Who do you know who has a Muslim, Hindu, or other non-Christian background?

    15. Who serves you (donut shop, bank, service stations, library, dry cleaners, etc.)?

    16. Who looks up to you?

    17. Where are you going on vacation?

    18. Where to you go on business?

    19. What do you like to do for other people?

    20. Do you like children?

    Potential Areas for Outreach Involvement

    There are unlimited possibilities for bringing your habits, interests, and desires to bear on outreach. Following are some possible areas where you might contribute. Look at your answers to the above questions and see if you can imagine a way to apply some of them to make a difference in any of the following categories.

    • Assisting a neighbor who is reaching out, a missionary, a campus worker, or a local community outreach project

    • Assisting your denomination or a mission organization

    • Building relationships with non-Christians

    • Building cross-cultural relationships with non-Christians Connecting individuals with one another or with resources Creating new methods of reaching out

    • Communicating with others who are reaching out

    • Giving to support outreach ministries

    • Influencing other Christians for outreach

    • Interpreting our culture and the world for outreach

    • Learning about God’s expanding Kingdom around the world

    • Praying for a non-Christian, a Christian worker, a people or country

    • Serving your church in its outreach and missions ministries

    • Strategizing for better methods of outreach

    • Supporting those who are sent to do outreach

    • Following are some examples of what others are doing:

    • Debbie uses her hobby of “stamping” to invite neighbors to classes which include a Bible Study.

    • Jim owns a welding business and he helps missionaries and mission organizations purchase, ship and repair generators and welders.

    • A vineyard owner in Lawton, Michigan, hired a retired missionary to work alongside his Hispanic migrant workers.

    • Keith runs a small international import-export business. He uses his travels to encourage and transport items to missionaries in Southeast Asia.

    • A man in Michigan installed e-mail for his denomination’s district headquarters.

    • Some individuals mail the newsletters or handle home affairs for a missionary.

    • Dave makes it a point to meet internationals in the community and invite them to his church.

    • Thousands have spent ten days to two years overseas as accountants, house-parents, secretaries, nannies, evangelists, doctors, veterinarians, English teachers, Christian ethics teachers, etc.

    • A retired teacher in St. Louis writes a missions supplement for each of the children’s Sunday School lessons.

    • Dennis cooked the meals for the church’s international student dinners.

    • A retired teacher in Michigan went on a China tour and visited the homes of her former Chinese students.

    • David helped gather care packages for Russian children. The next year he helped pack them at a central location. The following year he helped distribute them in Russia.

    • Clint and Darla are host parents for an international student from Central Asia.

    • Jenny uses her artistry to do the missions bulletin board.

    • Chuck provides free dental service to the missionaries supported by his church.

    • Jim and Linda provided funding to help publish a missions book.

    • Jack converted overheads to PowerPoint for full-color presentations.

    • Glen is a good strategic thinker and provides a sounding board for ideas.

    • Bob serves as my accountability partner.

    • Doug reviewed our ministry plan and provided feedback for more specific goals.

    • Jim and Ginny provided a ranch for a retreat weekend.

    • Lorrie did brochure design.

    • Carol reviewed manuscripts for publication.

    • Kevin purchased a computer for the ministry.

    • Terry gave a cortisone shot in a very tender spot.

    • Jim and Bobbye hosted a wiener roast for our support team.

    • Tim and Carmen hosted their missionaries for a weekend retreat. 


    These are real-world examples.  What have you seen?  It would be encouraging for you to share your ideas & experiences in comments.

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