Keeping mission vision alive and growing A quarterly publication of Mission Data International

Board Retreat

Once a year our Board (currently Michael, Malachi, Howard, Katie, and David) take two days to review all the great things God has done during the year and review plans for the year to come. It never ceases to amaze us what God has done.

This year was no exception. We sat around the wood stove in the Black Forest north of Colorado Springs and talked it over in detail. God is good.

Read the highlights, as reported in the January issue of Propel »

Sixteen Years of ShortTermMissions.com

We just competed 16 years of connecting people with their next step in missions involvement—thanks to many of you who enabled us to do this!

During the last 16 years M-DAT has helped well over 3 million people who were searching for volunteer opportunities in the US and overseas. We really appreciate the prayers and support that have made it possible.

Read about our 2016 first quarter traffic reports »

Restocking Your Mission Resource Toolbox

Our last issue of Propel included an article about mobilizing through mentoring. We made the case that our most powerful strategies for raising up a global mission force are relational: We influence people we know and who know us.

Who might God use us to stir up or encourage toward His global purposes from within our churches, organizations, schools, communities, and families? Have you asked Him lately? You could pray that God will show you, and bring you together with those He is preparing to take a greater role in His global purposes.

It turns out that effective mission mobilization depends more on relationships than it does on conferences, classes, books, sermons, or most anything else (on its own).

As you consider ways to prepare yourself to serve as a resource to these people in the pipeline, though, don’t overlook conferences, classes, books, and other tools that can help you stay in the know about world missions trends and opportunities.

Here are a few places to look:

  • Brigada Today: This weekly web/email journal covers mission resources, trends, and tips for Great Commission Christians; a great place to find new tools for your own growth or to introduce to others.
  • Postings: A free monthly newsletter of practical articles on church missions mobilization from Catalyst Services. Access the gallery of archives on their site and find other resources for you and your church.
  • Missions Catalyst: This free, weekly electronic missions digest is designed to inspire and equip Christians worldwide for global ministry through missions news, practical ministry ideas, and events, and other helpful resources. (The Missions Catalyst publisher, Marti Wade, also publishes our newsletters.)
  • Evangelical Missions Quarterly: Each quarterly issue contains 10-12 articles by mission and church leaders and experienced cross-cultural workers around the world; a worthwhile investment. EMQ will soon be published exclusively online and an online subscription also provides access to years of archives.
  • The Traveling Team: Primarily serving college students, the Traveling Team ministry can be thought of as a mission conference on wheels. You can bring them to your church or college campus. Learn from, share, or point others to articles in their Missions Resource Library about the state of the world, biblical and historical foundations for missions, obstacles to service, and more.

Finally, don’t forget to point friends to M-DAT services, including AskAMissionary.com, ShortTermMissions.com, and PreparingtoGo.com!

Prayer and Gratitude

Rejoice with us!

  • Praise the Lord for the many people wanting to be involved in advancing His Church around the world and for the opportunity to serve them.
  • Thank the Lord for the nearly 15,000 people now subscribed to our ShortTermMissions.com newsletter, and read our latest edition.

Please be praying…

  • Pray for those preparing to go out this summer. Ask God to prepare their hearts for what they will experience serving others and to be stretched and challenged.
  • Continue to pray for Matias as he reprograms the management side of ShortTermMissions.com. This is a major upgrade for the site and will help us better manage the organizations and 2,200+ mission trip opportunities they post.

Mobilizing through Mentoring: How Relationships Are Our Most Powerful Tools

By Marti Wade

Consider the Power of Personal Connection

The recent Launch Survey conducted by our friend and colleague John McVay asked hundreds of long-term workers about key factors that helped them get to the field. High on the list were:

  • The support of friends and family
  • A positive relationship with the agency or team they would join
  • Personal interaction with long-term workers

These were topped only by a sense of calling or guidance into ministry that came from God and a passion for sharing the gospel.

This suggests that effective mobilization depends more on relationships than it does on conferences, classes, books, sermons, or most anything else, on its own. Relationships are “what works.” Let’s do our part to build relationships with tomorrow’s global workers!

Three Avenues

Would God use YOU to come alongside tomorrow’s mission force today? Consider these three avenues for mobilization and ask the Lord if He’d have you intentionally pursue one or more in 2016.

1. Be a resource.

Remember that people aren’t led on the basis of information that do not have. Serve your church or group by becoming a conduit for global prayer requests, kingdom-focused world news, or resources that could open people’s eyes to current mission issues and strategies.

2. Fan the flames.

Make sure people in your church who are interested in missions know that you are, too, and that you’re willing to talk to those who want to learn more or take some steps to pursue global ministry. Listen for those who indicate an interest and be intentional about following up to hear more and encourage them.

3. Mentor millenials.

Especially if you are serving cross-culturally, make room in your schedule to connect with those who show interest in finding their own fit in mission (even if they are young enough to be your children or grandchildren!) Resist the expectation that you focus your communication efforts on talking about what you’re doing and how to support it. Rather, seek ways to invest in and equip those who might follow in your footsteps or who need someone else to be excited for them as they take steps on a journey of their own.

» Learn more about the Launch Survey.

Learn about being a mobilizer, and check out 6 Ways to Reach God’s World (OMF).

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