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Day 27: Those Who Can't Go





My husband and I met because of our mutual desire to serve God in Russia. In fact, my husband’s job was to recruit me for a short-term mission trip to Siberia. We began the application and training process to become career missionaries right after we got married. (In fact, we made a road trip to the missionary headquarters part of our second honeymoon). We began to raise support for the mission field right after I got pregnant with our first son. We were less than a year away from our anticipated departure date when our second son was born. Ninety minutes after the delivery, he stopped breathing and was without oxygen for anywhere from five to twelve minutes. During the following six-week stay in the NICU, we realized that we would have to put our dreams of mission work to Siberia on hold indefinitely. Years later, we are still not on the mission field. 


Day 26: Short-term Missions




Most of us are familiar with the concept of short-term mission work. It’s a popular option especially for youth groups or college students to spend anywhere from a few days to a few months in a foreign country, engaging in local ministry, and getting a taste for what life is like on the mission field. 


Day 25: Financial Priorities





Did you know that Americans spend roughly the same amount of money on bubble gum each year as they spend on world missions? In a typical church budget, only 15% is allocated for outreach of any kind (global or local). The rest is used internally. When did we stop becoming an outward-focused church?


Day 24: Financial Partnership




In the past, when most people thought of missionaries, they thought of people going to churches and passing around hats, asking for money. Now, retirement is funding the mission work of many second-career missionaries, and others are finding creative means to do business as missions. Nevertheless, financial support is still a huge need for many prospective missionaries.