2006-05-29

Curried Missionary - Part 15


A few posts back I put up a poll about this series I've been doing for a while now. The results so far are that four people have voted and three out of four have no idea what Curried Missionary is. So, here it is, this is Curried Missionary and below are the links to all the other parts of the series.

In this part I look at Spiritual Warfare, I hope it's helpful (I am by no means an expert on this subject by the way, these are my thoughts on this subject in relation to encouraging missionaries).

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11 Part 12 Part 13 Part 14

Pic: My mum Estelle with my nephew in PNG

"A Note On Spiritual Warfare

If you are planning on encouraging a missionary then you are making a choice to be a part of their spiritual battle. As soon as a missionary starts to prepare to go to the overseas or home mission field, Satan begins his attack. By encouraging missionaries we are fighting as part of the Lord’s army against this constant battle. It doesn’t matter if you decide to only post parcels or letters or whether you start a prayer meeting or distribute prayer letters, you are part of the battle!

As part of this battle it is vital that we put on the Lord’s armour as Ephesians 6:10-18 discusses and not take these verses lightly. The spreading of the message of Salvation begins with your support and encouragement and this is what the devil hates the most. He is the master of discouragement and will do his utmost to make a missionary return to their home country for the wrong reasons. So, before you start to take part in this missionary encouragement ministry you will need to put on God’s armour. The reason is clearly set out in verse 12;

Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers f this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.”

Prepare yourself daily for this battle by making sure that your personal devotional and prayer life is on track and make sure that you are fully aware of its reality.

Missionaries encounter spiritual warfare in their everyday lives openly. They are often more aware of it’s reality whereas in the western world it 'seems' to be more subtle and hidden. It is vital that we understand fully the reasons why a missionary can become discouraged so that we can be most useful in this encouragement ministry."

5 Comments:

Blogger Kitty Cheng said...

Curried Missionary is simply fantastic!

11:58 pm  
Blogger Corazon Latino said...

This looks like a great series so I am going to have to find a few moments to read through the other posts. I'm enjoying your art work (makes me want to find more creative time). Thanks too for setting up the sim chatclub blog. My son (Caleb) is going to REALLY enjoy that!

Blessings
Richelle

1:12 am  
Blogger Amanda said...

So glad you're enjoying Curried Missionary, I wrote it to pass on the thoughts we had when we were in Niger.

10:20 am  
Blogger Corazon Latino said...

Hi again Amanda,

I would really encourage you to get this series published in some way. Having now read the rest of your postings I think this is a fabulous resource for missionary supporters. We are heading back to NZ in September after 8 years on the field (Ecuador) to take up the reigns as SIM NZ Director. I think it would be great to have a resource like this for missios to give to their supporters or for us as home staff to encourage supporters to be more active. Perhaps I'll just direct everyone to your blog :-)

Richelle

10:52 pm  
Blogger Amanda said...

So glad you enjoyed it Richelle. I have thought about getting it published but I'm not sure about the cost. Did you know that we are the ministry directors for SIM WA (wasn't sure). We also spent half of our time in Niger with Kevin Cowie who you might know. He was a great friend of ours.

7:50 pm  

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