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It Takes a Network

People often ask, “How do you get the information for the stories in your magazine?”

Missionaries from around the world send their updates and newsletters to a bursting-at-the-seams inbox. Every morning there’s a fresh batch waiting.

Waiting for whom?

Waiting for missionaries here at home — missionaries serving on this end of the tribal church planting team — to take those stories and spread the word about what God is busy doing out on the far edges of His earth.

But why even do this work? How does this magazine affect the Gospel being preached? Wouldn’t it be better if we just closed up shop and went overseas ourselves?

If we did, that would be the opposite of what we know to be true and how we practice in every other aspect of life.

To get a huge job accomplished efficiently and well, it takes a network of people each doing their part.

What if your doctor or dentist suddenly decided that he didn’t need help in his office anymore? What if he decided he didn’t need receptionists, nurses, hygienists or lab technicians — that he could do it all by himself? The results would be chaos. Waiting time would skyrocket, and so would death and decay.

What if it was suddenly decided that the only person important to flying a plane is the one in the cockpit? What if some official on the ground decided it wasn’t necessary for the pilot to have someone manning the control tower or making sure he has runway lights? Without the critical support team required to do his job properly, the life of every person on board would be at stake.

Networks are a vital part of life. We can’t live without them and God never intended us to.

He started the very first network in the Garden of Eden. It’s called a family. Later, He instituted the church and called it a body. God’s plan from the beginning is for different people with different gifts and abilities to work together in different roles and capacities toward His common goals.

Tribal church planting is one of those goals. But without missionaries willing to be responsible for the practical aspects of the ministry here at home on behalf of the tribal missionary — such as handling complicated missionary finances, equally complex tax returns, medical insurance, providing prompt computer servicing and support, developing specialized tribal resources etc. — the wait to hear the Gospel would skyrocket and so would the spiritual death and decay.

No matter how gifted a missionary is, it’s still not possible to fly the plane and man the control tower at the same time. A tribal church planter must depend on a strong supporting network to bring his village full of passengers in for a safe and eternal landing.

This magazine is one part in the net- work. It provides the fuel of awareness that can encourage hearts, educate minds and motivate to meaningful action. Because of the stories in these pages, perhaps you will begin standing with a missionary in powerful prayer, or become the encouragement support they need, or feel led to begin giving financially or even be moved to go yourself. Your involvement can start a ripple effect across the globe which directly affects tribal souls.

Why not close up shop and go overseas ourselves? Because God’s plan is for all of us to work together, each fulfilling the part in the network He’s directed us to and uniquely qualified us to do, to bring others to Him.

You hold one part in your hands. What’s your part?

POSTED ON Aug 01, 2012 by Debbie Burgett