There is no such thing as “going it alone” in life. Above all else, we need the Lord every day, and every moment of every day. In missions, we cannot “go it alone” either. During the Ministry Partnership Development (MPD) course I facilitated in April at our MO training center, I asked the students to come up with their definition of MPD. One of the students came up with this incredible definition. “The process of building or sustaining a relationship with other Believers for the purpose of being more effective together than apart.”
MPD is truly about building Godly relationships and together doing what we cannot do on our own. You may be asking, “How does supporting a missionary allow me to ‘do’ anything. All I am doing is providing a monthly gift.” True! Your gift does help the missionary buy groceries, pay for a place to live, pay their utilities, purchase needed household items (toothpaste, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, light bulbs…), pay their taxes (15.3% to Social Security + Federal, State…), pay their health and life insurance (our health insurance, and we’re stateside, is almost $800 per month), cover ministry expenses (travel, cell phone, computer, printer, paper, ink, pens, pencils, staples…), short and long term savings, vehicle, vehicle insurance and maintenance, etc.
However, it does also help you (the gift giver) do what you cannot do on your own. Philippians 4:10-20 tells us that our gifts effect our “eternal accounts with the Lord”; it calls them “fruit”. Another way I have learned to love looking at gifts to our church and others is my “eternal bank account” that I truly can never ever give enough to make it have too much fruit. There is no such thing in God’s economy as “too much fruit.” The gift giver also receives the blessing of being a part of seeing people in places he/she cannot go to (or not called to go to) hear God’s Good News. Every new Believer reached because I gave, that goes in to my “eternal bank account” too, not just the missionary who went. Therefore, you see, we need each other. The one who can Go and the one who gives so others can Go. I love these closing words in his definition: “More effective together than apart.” We need each other to reach the billions who have not yet been reached, who have no access to God’s Word, who need to hear how much He loves them and desires they spend eternity with Him.