Churches spend a lot of time talking about mission trips. Sometimes it s about planning a missions trip or supporting missionaries around the world, but it s often assumed that churchgoers understand what missions are and what missionaries do. There is a lot of misunderstanding about missionaries, who is supposed to be a missionary, and what missions entail. Missions have a long history dating back to the early writings in the Bible.
Evangelism is a huge part of missions. The purpose of missions is to bring the Gospel to others around the world. Missionaries are called to reach out to the nations, just as Paul reached out. However, the evangelism of missions means more than just standing on a soapbox preaching the Gospel to anyone walking by. Missionary evangelism comes in numerous forms and is done in a variety of places.
Two most notable missionaries of the Bible were Isaiah and Paul. Isaiah was more than willing to be sent out. He had a heart for missions. Often churches give the impression that we all should be out doing missions, but sometimes it s not so. Missionaries have a calling to evangelize around the world. Some of us are called to stay where we are to evangelize to those around us. We should not feel pressured to go on mission trips, but instead, we should search our hearts for God s calling on our lives.