Susanne Klovdahl is the Missions & Outreach Ministry Director at Northwest Church in Federal Way, Washington. Northwest Church is making a significant impact both locally and globally by sending and supporting both long-term missionaries and short-term teams, who teach biblical truth, rely on the Holy Spirit’s conviction and guidance, and serve in a variety of roles appropriate to that culture.
Susanne Klovdahl, the Missions & Outreach Ministry Director at Northwest Church in Federal Way, Washington, shares how Northwest Church has learned that intentional prayer for missionaries they support begins with strengthening the relationships with these missionaries first.
First, missionaries need more than prayer support; they need support in many other very practical ways. Training. Resources. Reentry assistance are all a part of how your church can put actions to your prayers. But sometimes, the most important thing you can do is just truly get to know them.
Second, ministry has changed, and that’s OK. God uses these changes to lead us into new opportunities. Don’t feel the pull to go back to the way things used to be in your missions ministry. Instead, seek what God wants going forward.
And finally, missionaries aren’t the only ones who need relationships and support — you do too. Seek to build relationships around you with those who also help build you up and encourage you.
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