Why Support Missions as a Church?
The main reason to support missionaries as a church body is because missions are very important to God. God is a “missions” God. He wants all the peoples of the world to worship Him. One day it will be so as Revelation 7:9 says, “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.” This happens as we go to model and preach the gospel of Christ. (Romans 10:14-15).
But why do this as a church body? It is because the local church is God’s primary tool of evangelism and discipleship. Paul and Barnabas were sent out from a local church, not as unconnected individuals (Acts 13:1-3). They reported back to local churches (Acts 14:26-28), and were supported prayerfully and financially by local churches (Phil 4:14-19). Hence, New Hope should support missionaries as a local body of believers. It is Biblical.
Who Should We Support?
In Acts 1:8 Jesus says “...you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”. This suggests three types of missionaries we should support.
Our “Jerusalem” is our local area - the place where we live. God has called us to be His witnesses to our relatives, neighbors, and those with whom we work. Most of our Jerusalem ministry is what our local church does.
“Judea and Samaria” Missionaries
Our Judea and Samaria are the people within our community and nation that may not be of the same age or ethnicity as ourselves. The missionaries that are serving in our “Judea and Samaria” include Urban Impact in inner-city New Orleans; Matt Hulst, serving in Denver with Missio; Steve & Tara Dekkers, serving with 'Every Ethne' in Iowa City; Cal Swan, Mark Doss, Larry Austin and Luis and Susan Martinez, all with the EFCA Central District in Boone, IA. Ministries that we support within our community include Atlas, CFE Sioux Center, Hidden Acres, Katelyn's Fund, Bethany Christian Services, The Bridge, Love Inc., and Zestos.
“Ends of the Earth” Missionaries
The “ends of the earth” include everything else. The missionaries we support that serve outside of the US are Ritch & Susan Trca, EFCM church planters in the Czech Republic; Jean-Jean and Kristie Mompremier, with UCI in Haiti; Colin and Carla Wilson, with HAFF in Haiti; RIMI (Reaching Indians Ministries Int'l) in India; Heidi Friesen, working among Burmese refugees in Thailand; the 10/40 Window and Annie Keith, working with Word Made Flesh in Moldova.
How Do I Get Involved?
It is our vision to reach all the peoples of the earth with the gospel of Christ. For this reason the New Hope EFC missions committee invites you to prayerfully consider making an additional commitment of financial and /or prayer support to missions. For more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office 712.737.4620.