Twice a year new missionaries begin Candidate training school at our Missionary Preparation and Orientation at our World Headquarters in Jacksonville, FL. It is critical that we help them early in their deputation or they can really get behind in the process, which lengthens their itineration time. In a few cases, it can make the difference in whether or not they even make it to final appointment. Our single most vital project is the Senders Fund. When this fund was instituted, missionaries needed an average of 22 months to raise their budget and reach the field. The primary reason for the delay was the difficulty in raising their required cash budget. This meant they were staying in the United States much longer simply because of a lack of cash.
Today our missionaries live and work in 93 countries of the world. People are coming to Christ at a worldwide at a rate of about 40,000 per day. The harvest is multiplying more than ever. The Ethiopian in Acts 8 had God’s Word in his hands, in a language he knew, with a seeking mind and a hungry heart. But it wasn’t until God put Philip into the chariot beside him that the Ethiopian understood…and believed. He needed a messenger. Most of the lost in this world are like that Ethiopian. They need a person to come to them. The missionary-apostle Paul declared, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent?” (Romans 10:13–15, NIV).
Multitudes of lost people are waiting to hear the good news of eternal life. Jesus, the Lord of the Harvest, knows each lost soul and longs to reach each heart ... to let each know of His love and salvation. He also knows and has chosen each messenger and calls each personally. Our Lord calls laborers into His harvest field. They respond in obedience. But the mission is not complete until the called are sent. And we must send them. If our Lord’s command is to all of us … He requires that each does something to take the good news of God’s saving grace to our lost world. We must all take the Great Commission to heart because it involves the whole church, those who go…and those who send.
The highest priority for our missions dollars is to rush these divinely called missionaries to the harvest field where the lost are waiting! No need is both more important and more urgent than getting divinely called missionaries to the field to which the Lord of the Harvest has called them. Senders Fund urgently needs help to respond to the exciting continued increase in the number of new missionaries answering the call to the fields of the world. Would you please prayerfully consider sending an especially generous gift to help us meet this urgent need?