You come home from a long day at work. Exhausted, you stumble into your house only to find that you don’t have any groceries to make dinner. You have several options: Drive the 5-15 minutes to the store, pick up your phone and get delivery, or make do with some cereal and milk. Now, though it may be inconvenient to find that you don’t have food for dinner, none of the above options will consume too much energy or time.
I want you to consider with me what it would look like to live in a remote location where the only thing resembling a grocery store is anywhere from 3-14 days of hiking through dense jungle terrain. Suddenly going to the grocery store goes from being a slight inconvenience to a strenuous, not to mention dangerous, several-week venture. Getting groceries, basic supplies, medicine, medical attention, and the kids going to school all become a full-time job in and of themselves.
Oh and did I mention that while you are just trying to cover the basics, you are also trying to learn a language that has never been written and build relationships with people who you can’t even communicate with? There are people around you needing to hear about Jesus, but you are so busy surviving you aren’t sure you will ever be able to even to communicate on a simple, basic level–let alone share the Gospel.
What if you had a lifeline that could spare you the days of hiking and aid you in daily life so that you could focus on what you went there to do? Enter pilots stage left. A pilot is able to bring you the supplies needed, take your kids to school and provide a quick avenue for medical attention.
Think of the heavy burden that is lifted knowing that there is someone supporting you so that you can focus on learning language and culture and building relationships. Beyond just the physical, tangible things, pilots can also be a source of emotional support and encouragement when they come into your remote location and simply sit, listen and pray with you.
Though pilots are not the ones physically living in the tribe they are still a needed member of the team reaching unreached people groups. And all of those who are going and are sent are dependent on those who send and support them. Those of you who are using your resources to get us and others overseas make it possible for the Gospel to go into these remote locations.
Like the body that has many parts with different functions, tribal missions has different members who all play different, but equally vital roles. So before you discount your role as a supporter or lessen it, remember how vital you are to the team seeking to reach those who have never heard.
There are people in need of a Savior and those physically taking the Gospel need support people like pilots, and both the tribal worker and the pilot need people like you sending them and keeping them there. It’s a huge job, but God hasn’t told any of His children to do it alone. It takes a team.