When I talk to people about wanting to do missions, their typical response is that they could not do it for one reason or another. One of these reasons is because they do not feel like they could add anything valuable to the mission field. They feel like their skills cannot be used or like they do not have any skills worth bringing to the table. However, this is not true. I am here to tell you that there is in fact a place for you in this mission.
Probably the most famous verse for the reason behind doing missions is Matthew 28:19. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…”. While this is not the only verse in the Bible that refers to doing mission, it is a direct command about God’s mission for the world. He wants for every person around the world to know Him. We are called to bring glory to God by going out and sharing the Gospel with people that have never heard it before. Just think, there are still many places around the world that have absolutely no access to the Gospel! There is not a single Christian in their community. We cannot let our insecurities about being insignificant get in the way of people hearing the Gospel.
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” We were all made uniquely by God, and we all have gifts that can be used for missions. God is not surprised by the gifts that you have; He gave them to you. Surely if He created you to be the way you are, then He can use you the way you are for His purposes. “But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be?” Your gifts are unique to you, AND they are valuable for missions. You are one part of the body of Christ, and God made you just as He wanted you. You fit within the larger body of Christ.
“Now if the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.” We have our gifts and talents for a reason. Just because we do not have the gifting that someone else has, does not make us less valuable. Sometimes we can think that our gifts are not as important. For example, if we are not a doctor or a nurse, then we don’t have something as valuable to offer. But the Bible says, “Those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor.” You are indispensable to the kingdom of God.
So what are some examples of people using their skills to do mission? Well there are a wide variety of avenues that you can take to do missions, because like I said all skills are valuable. I will give you some ideas of ways that World Horizons does mission around the world, but this is not an extensive list. Just because I do not mention it here does not mean that your giftings are not able to be used in missions. In fact, I would say the opposite is true for all of the reasons I gave above.
There is education as mission where you could teach adults and/or children. There is business as mission where people own or run different businesses to impact the work world. There is medicine as mission for doctors, nurses, and pharmacists. There is art as mission where you can open an art gallery in other countries to showcase work by Christian artists. You could be the person running the art show or you could be the artist that creates pieces for a show. You could teach dance as mission or run a sports camp for mission.
You could do farming as mission where you help with sustainable development. There is a need for vocational trainers, where you would teach your skill or job (plumbing, electrical, carpentry, etc.) to people in other countries. There is also a need for hospitality, cooks, hairdressers, communications managers, media personnel, financial directors, church planters, administrative workers, and so much more. The possibilities really are endless. I hope that by showcasing these opportunities for mission that you will see that your skills can be used. It is not therefore a matter of whether your skills can be used for mission, but more a matter of being willing to go.
Remember…you are indispensable. You are a necessary part of the body of Christ. There is a place for you in missions.
Much love, B