Helping missionaries communicate effectively has been one of our passions for over a decade. A co-worker conveyed recently his conversation with another missionary. The missionary had remarked to the department leader that he was not aware of the department’s services anymore. He said, “I looked online and could not find anything about you so I assumed your department no longer existed.”
Being online is the expectation of the world we live in and if you’re not online you don’t exist.
How does that work for missionaries who live among unreached people groups, isolated from the outside world for months at a time and living in developing countries for years at a time? What happens to their support and prayer teams if they are not able to communicate effectively during that time?
It is ironic that, while David plays a vital role in connecting missionaries with their ministry partners, many churches do not consider David’s role in church planting important enough to support. At the same time, those same churches use technology extensively and often hire or have staff to assist them.
New Tribes Mission has over 1,800 missionaries on overseas assignments working among over 300 unreached people groups. If your church had over 1,800 employees working with over 300 outreaches, do you think there would need to be a support team to assist the church staff in communicating opportunities for involvement to church members?