Brian Gay is the Missions Pastor at First Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama. Brian joins us to talk about growing up on the mission field and how that has influence the way he thinks as a missions pastor.
Today’s conversation is with Brian Gay, the Missions Pastor at First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Brian has been the Missions Pastor there for more than 15 years. But before that, he was a missionary kid, serving alongside his parents in Ecuador and Mexico.
Brian stresses that we have to keep the kids of missionaries in mind when we pray and minister to them. When missionaries your church supports are spending extended time here in the US, remember that their kids are here too. Find ways to include them in the life of your church if possible. Help them develop friendships here. Do whatever you can to make them feel supported, not just their parents.
Second, Brian has seen firsthand – from both sides of the relationship – the power of strong ministry partnerships. And more often than not, when our the people in our churches engage deeply with these missions partners, it changes them as much or more than those they minister to.
And finally, Brian reminds us that getting a missions ministry started in your church doesn’t have to be complicated. Pick a specific people group. Begin praying for them and learning about them. And God will open doors. And then remember, you don’t have to go it alone. Your church denomination or network probably has some great resources to help you get started. Another tool is connecting with an organization like OneChild to help you begin to engage with churches serving kids living in hard places
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