Justin & Lauren: 4 Ways To Creatively Serve Missionaries
It’s no longer the 1800s. With technology at our fingertips, there are many ways we can serve missionaries. Giving financially, praying, and visiting are all extremely important, but they aren’t the only ways to help missionaries with their ministries. In this episode, we talk about 4 ways that we believe you can be helping missionaries right now that will make an impact on the Kingdom.
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4 Ways To Creatively Serve Missionaries – Podcast Script
Hey everyone! Welcome to 2020! As you probably already saw, we have done a little rebranding and it was a very strategic move as we move into the future. When Lauren and I began Empowering Hope a few years ago, we never had a set direction on how the ministry was supposed to look. So we kept things vague and simple until we had a clearer vision for the future.
After 2019, it became evident that most of our work was with Missionaries and knew that God was calling Empowering Hope to be a ministry that’s focused on helping missionaries. While we’ll still work with churches and ministries moving forward, our main focus for 2020 is to partner people with missionaries and help them achieve their goals for the year. We want to inspire people to serve missionaries in creative ways, which is what I’ll be talking about here today.
But if you’re new to Empowering Hope, last year we went to Ecuador and served a couple missionaries who work at an orphanage called Casa de Fe (House of Faith) in the small town of Shell. We served them by filming their ministry and providing them with quality videos that they can use to raise awareness, support, and connection with. We also had a big fundraiser in December for the Powells in Honduras.
We’ve also been in touch with other missionaries and are passionate about helping them where we can.
So it’s no surprise that we felt God clarifying the vision towards missionaries towards the end of the year. So we got a new logo, new colors, a new website, all with our goal in mind. We want to connect people from churches and ministries with missionaries and help them creatively serve them. And while we’re still looking for people to be prayer partners and financial partners with these missionaries, we’re looking for new, modern ways as well.
During our time in Ecuador, Lauren and I got to spend some quality time with Patti Sue Arnold and Jeff and Rae Holte. Patti Sue is the founder of Casa de Fe which is a home for children right on the outskirts of the Amazon Jungle. Jeff and Rae, after visiting Casa de Fe and developing a relationship with Patti Sue, felt the call from God to move to Ecuador and invest their lives in the teenage girls of Casa de Fe. Both Patti Sue and the Holtes are amazing at what they do, but both agreed that social media is not their strong suit.
When we look at how ministries in America run, we see a lot of different ways people can serve and volunteer their time. Some are greeters, others serve administrative roles, and many love serving in the program ministries. All of these are important in building the Kingdom of God.
However, when we look at missionaries, we just assume that they do everything themselves and the only things they need are prayer and money. And for thousands of years, prayers and money were some of the only ways of serving other than physically traveling to their locations. But we believe there are other ways to creatively serve missionaries.
It’s now 2020 and social media isn’t something new anymore. We’ve been able to chat with people across the world for decades now and it’s not easier than ever to help missionaries! Of course, there are some missionaries who are in remote areas or must remain secret to protect themselves from persecution. But that still leaves thousands of missionaries who you could be partnering with today to help their ministry and advance the Gospel.
Our ministry mission is all about awareness, connection, and support. At the end of the day, Missionaries do need prayer and money. However, if they can develop a support team that’s helping them in their mission, it will be a lot easier to raise support and prayer partners. We believe that by building that team, we can help missionaries raise awareness for their ministry. We believe that cultivating a consistent social media platform will help increase their connection with people back home. And ultimately, we believe that your involvement and creativity will help boost financial and relational support for them.
Empowering Hope’s goal in 2020 is to inspire 12 people to creatively serve missionaries by the end of the year. This can take on many different forms and today I want to discuss some of the ways we believe you can help. But before we do that, I want to remind you that this is not exhaustive. If there are other ways you want to help or if you are a missionary and you say there are other things you need help with, we will by all means do our best to make that happen.
1. Coaching and Connection
If you’ve been a Pastor, business leader, or life coach, you would be a great fit for this role. Missionaries are normal people, just like you and I. And having someone who can come along side them and help them acheive their ministry goals would be so beneficial.
Reaching out once a month or once a week to build relationships with missionaries also goes a long way. It gets lonely in the mission field. Having someone back home who can be encouraging and equipping would mean the world to missionaries.
2. Social Media
I’m going to keep this simple. If you know how to post to social media, you can help. I’m not expecting you to know the ins and outs of Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, etc. We’re simply asking you to help them post their content each week. We’ll take care of all the details for you, you just have to post.
3. Graphic Design
Every ministry needs good images to be posting to social media. Some of these images could contain scriptures, ministry updates, or encouraging words. Even though you may think this is easy, not everyone has this talent. And you could be making an impact in a missionary’s ministry simply by creating weekly image content for them.
Videography is how Empowering Hope started. I went to different locations and filmed missionaries and gave them promotional videos. And while we’d love to have you do that if you’re able to, another easier way is to generate short video clips that they can post to their social media. These can be picture videos with social media titles. Nothing crazy. If you know basic video editing and how to add text to images, you can be a major help to missionaries.
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