Missionaries Need to Report

…and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
~Hebrews 10:21-25

I always like reading other missionary’s updates. Why? Because I get jealous when I do. Not jealous in a bad way–not breaking the 10th commandment kind of way. I get jealous in a Hebrews 10:24 kind of way. I see what others are doing and I get inspired as to what I want to do. Inspiration and passion often come from dissatisfaction, and dissatisfaction often comes from a healthy comparison of myself to others. A healthy dissatisfaction and a healthy comparison of myself to others will not make me bitter and angry at God because someone seems better off than I am. No, a healthy dissatisfaction will always stir me up to love and good works. A healthy dissatisfaction will always make me thankful to God for what I already have, and it’ll give me a desire to steward what I have for the glory of Jesus.

The thing that confuses me though is that there are plenty of missionaries who don’t report anything about what they’re doing. They also don’t read the reports of missionaries who do. Why not? How boring! Let’s stir each other up!

You don’t have to report every week, or even every month, but a report every three months is always a good idea.

How can you report?

You can start a blog. Blogspot or WordPress are great tools to use, and they are easy to use.

You can start a simple, free website using a provider like Weebly.

Or you can send out email newsletters. Mailchimp is what I use. It works great, and it’s free!

One of my goals when I send out a mission email update is to make the readers jealous of what I’m doing on the mission field. It’s a challenge. Try to outdo me, and I’ll try to outdo you. It’s what makes life interesting.

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