God needs missionaries in churches, back yards, and across the world.
Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. (Philippians 4:15-17 KJV)
The Philippian church had supported Paul when he left for Macedonia. Not only then when he left but the church again gave him necessary things while he was on his journey in Thessalonica. The early churches supported Paul’s journeys by giving him necessities filling his needs and bringing glory and honor to God.
Our church supports missionaries and has a mission conference once a year so that we can personally meet individuals and families who are currently working in the mission field or who are in the middle of deputation planning for a life filled with missions work. The mission field today is similar as in the days of the Apostle Paul who went out into the fields sowing the seed; often today’s missionaries have specific needs, are faced with the danger and persecution as Paul was, and cross cultural and language barriers to sow the seeds of the gospel message.
It is still a monumental task to fulfill the great commission in this wavering political and social climate of today as many with hearts stirred towards serving God in sowing seeds of His gospel strive to reach those unreached people groups.
Whether mankind serves God today through his church or in the field as a missionary God continues to have willing vessels busy about sowing the seed and fulfilling the great commission to reach into our own backyard and to every nation with the gospel message.