Wycliffe.net has just published a story about Zion Church, a small church in Thailand that has started supporting their own Wycliffe missionaries, Ryan and Nok*.
It’s a challenging story for us in the UK, as it gives us a taste of how a country that has traditionally received missionaries has viewed the way the western church has supported those it has sent.
‘They have observed that some western missionaries serving in Thailand for a long time have become distanced from their home church. The relationship is no longer close and vibrant. Even when they retire, the foreign missionaries are often not willing to go back to their home country. Having learnt this lesson, Zion Church deliberately invites church members of different generations to join the missionary care group so that the passion of caring for missionaries can be passed on to others.’
In fact, those at Zion Church took the support of their first missionaries very seriously. All the church leaders took an eight day Kairos course, to understand more about mission and the church’s part in it.
Rev. Dr. Saree Lorgunpai, Chairman of the Church Committee and elder, firmly stated, “If we’re going to support our missionaries, we have to understand why and how.”
If your church wants to do a better job of supporting its missionaries, there’s a handy guide on caring for your missionary on the Wycliffe website.