Why and How to Support International Missions.

Our family has always had a love for and desire to support international missions. My husband and I both grew up in churches that had a focus on missions, and for many years the church we’ve raised our children in did the same. We’ve wanted our family to be missions focused as well.

Why bother with international missions? Sometimes it seems as if missions in other countries are so far removed from our day to day lives here. We see pictures of people from other countries or read accounts of what missionaries are doing, but it can be difficult to really know why and how to get involved.

International missions

I think the “why” is clear. In Matthew 28, as Jesus prepares to go back to heaven after the resurrection, he gives his disciples these instructions: 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

We are commanded to make disciples everywhere- in all nations. It’s pretty clear that we are supposed to be involved in international ministry. But does this mean that we all pack up and move away to be international missionaries? Not necessarily.

I think there are a variety of ways that we can be involved in missions.


We might think- “Well, I can’t do anything else. I’ll just pray.” But I’ve talked to many missionaries over the years who tell how important prayer is to their ministry. Whether it’s prayers for safety and health or prayers for their ministry, missionaries will always say how much they are encouraged to know we’re praying for these things.

As a family, we’ve tried to pick several missionary families or organizations to pray for. We rotate through the list on different days of the week. It’s an easy way to incorporate prayer for missions into our day to day life.


I’m not so great at this one, but I’ve talked to many missionaries who tell me how much they appreciate it. Pick a missionary family, and take time to communicate with them. Send periodic emails or regular letters. Sign up for their prayer letter, and hear from them regularly so that you know specifics to pray for. Communicating with missionaries encourages them and lets them know that they are prayed for and cared for.

Short Term Trips

When Jason and I were newly married and didn’t have children, we went on a week long missions trip to Mexico. It was so eye opening. I had never been on a missions trip. Jason had gone in high school. But going on that trip helped me to see first hand the kinds of things I pray for when I pray for missions.

We met the Mexican pastor and church members of the church we were there to help. We saw up close the conditions the people lived in. It was an experience that will stay with me and one I think of when I’m praying for missionaries and Christians in other countries.


Giving to missionaries helps us to feel a part of what they’re doing. When we’ve contributed to their ministry, we have a vested interest in what’s going on. Even though we are still here in the US, we’re a direct part of their ministry in a foreign country.

Over the years, our family has given to different missionaries or missions projects. It’s an awesome thing to sit down with the kids and talk about why we’re going to give and what we can maybe give up to make it possible to give.

It’s always been our desire to be so involved in praying for missions and giving when we can that missions is “natural” for our children. That way, if God calls them to go away to another country to work, this whole idea is something they are already familiar with. Then they are more prepared to answer God’s call and go wherever He leads to serve Him.

Do you have other ideas about how to be involved with missions or has your family been missionaries? I’d love to hear your ideas.

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