Are Missionaries in North America as Necessary as Overseas Missionaries?

Picture a missionary. What comes to mind? Do you think of someone who crosses the globe? Do you picture someone in a far-off village, preaching to people who have never heard the name of Jesus? While this is reality for some missionaries, many others live completely different lives.

Clear command

Regardless of location, a missionary is someone who follows Jesus’ command to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15, HCSB). People everywhere, including your own neighborhood, have yet to hear a clear explanation of the hope and forgiveness found in Jesus Christ.

An estimated 269 million people in the United States and Canada live every day without knowing Jesus. Missionaries are called to work in this field to push back lostness, just as missionaries are called to other parts of the world. The command is clear: go, and tell about Christ’s saving love. The response is crucial: go both near and far.

People in every place

Our world has a pressing need to hear about Jesus Christ. Some people groups do not have Bibles or any Christian witness in their own language. Some governments restrict their citizens from learning about Jesus. When we hear about the great darkness in faraway countries, it may cause us to conclude international missions is more important than missions closer to home.

God calls people to every place, because people live in every place. One place is not more important than another. What is important is our personal obedience to His call and to supporting those called to be a mouthpiece of His grace.

Not one neighborhood or province, county, township or individual should have to go without access to solid biblical teaching about the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. Clearly we need more pastors, churches and missionaries.

Major momentum

That’s why the North American Mission Board (NAMB) has designated 32 major North American cities as Send Cities—all part of the Send Network. NAMB resources help plant churches everywhere in North America, but NAMB gives extra emphasis to church planting efforts in these 32 cities because of their massive population, diversity and opportunity. NAMB’s prayer is that as the cities change, the nations will change with them. As Southern Baptists put effort, prayer, resources and mission teams to work in Send Cities, these cities are seeing positive spiritual impact.

Get going (and giving)

NAMB’s goal is to push back lostness in North America. As a follower of Christ, you are an essential part of this vision. The goal will not be accomplished without your help. As Christians engage at every level of giving, serving and going, only then will the 269 million lost people in North America and billions more around the world have the chance to hear the gospel

To help push back lostness, you can share the gospel with your neighbors and friends. You can be an advocate of missions through your local church. You can join a Southern Baptist church plant in a Send City. You can pray for church planters and their families. You can become a church planter yourself, if God calls you.

One of the most effective and immediate ways we can partner with missionaries to push back lostness is by giving to Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® (AAEO). Every dollar of AAEO goes directly toward church planting and evangelism. Without AAEO, NAMB could not continue training missionaries and planting churches in Send Cities.

When we invest in AAEO, we change the world by supporting missionaries who directly transform lives in North America.

Tags: Church Planting, North American Missionaries, The Mission

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