Missionaries needed today more than ever
by Billy Graham
June 28, 2014 01:07 AM | 1493 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Q: Our church’s new budget includes a fairly large amount of money for our missionaries. But are missionaries even needed today? It seems to me that we can reach the world much more cheaply and efficiently through the Internet. Why isn’t anyone doing this? — R.R.

A: Many organizations and ministries are bringing the message of Christ’s love and hope through the Internet, often reaching people in parts of the world that have no other access to the Gospel. (You can check out our own website at BillyGraham.org.)

However, missionaries are still needed; in fact, they are needed today more than ever. For example, some countries are now open to the Gospel that were closed only 15 or 20 years ago, and opportunities for evangelism and service in those nations have exploded. In addition, churches in those countries often need training and other skills that only missionaries can supply.

Also, many countries still have enormous medical, educational and social needs, and the opportunities for Christian doctors, nurses, teachers, agriculturalists and other skilled professionals have never been greater. Needless to say, such work cannot be done through the Internet. The Bible says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).

Be grateful for the missionaries your church supports. Pray for them, support them financially, and encourage them through your letters and e-mails. They often work in difficult and lonely places, and they need to know others care. Also, urge the young people in your church to seek God’s will for their lives, including exploring the possibility of some type of mission service. Jesus’ command has never been withdrawn: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15).

Q: Why do some people get their feelings hurt so easily? I deeply love my wife, but I dread going out to social events or even church, because sometimes someone will say something she thinks is directed at her (although it isn’t), and she gets upset. How can I help her? — D.G.

A: I’m thankful you love your wife in spite of this problem, and you genuinely want to help her. Too often, I’m afraid, someone in your situation might simply ignore their spouse’s hurts, or else constantly criticize them for their reactions — which would only make things worse.

We’ve all been hurt by what someone has said or done to us (or sometimes because of what they’ve failed to say or do). And unfortunately we’ve also hurt others, sometimes without even realizing it. One reason I wanted to reprint your question is because I hope it will make all of us more sensitive to the feelings of others, and more committed to helping rather than hurting. The Bible says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs” (Ephesians 4:29).

What can you do to help your wife? First, love her — and let her know repeatedly that you love her and treasure her. I’m not a psychologist, of course, but I suspect that down inside your wife suspects others look down on her — because she looks down on herself. Do all you can to let her know this self-image isn’t true. You love her just as she is — and so does God.

Then if possible, suggest that your wife seek help from a counselor who can help her understand her feelings of self-doubt. Your pastor can suggest a trustworthy counselor who can assist her.

Send your queries to “My Answer,” c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit www.billygraham.org.

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