5 Reasons Missionaries Should Communicate Their Passion More Clearly (Periscope)

Well, it’s official: I’m on Periscope! In fact, I’m not stopping there with thoughts on live broadcasting. I have also set up a Blab account, and will be doing live sessions with missionaries, missiologists, and missional thinkers. Stay tuned for my updates and schedule. 

In the meantime, you can check out my first scope. All my recorded recorded replays can be found on katch.me/davidjoannes and soon I will provide a Youtube link dedicated to live broadcasts.

This was my first time doing a live video broadcast. I am excited about discussing more on missions, unreached peoples, 10/40 Window needs, etc. I promise, it’ll be better next time!

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5 Reasons Missionaries Should Communicate Their Passion More Clearly

1. He who shouts loudest gets heard.

We are bombarded on every side by advertising: buy this new product, use this brand, purchase our new device. Missionaries to need to trumpet the cause of their ministries and be heard in a loud world. Be a voice for the voiceless. Open your mouth for the needy. 

A few ideas to narrow down your message and delivery:

a. Read Michael Hyatt’s New York Times best seller, Platform, Get Noticed In A Noisy World to help define your brand/ministry/passion.

b. Take the Clifton Strengsfinders top 5 strengths test to find out your skills, personal inclinations and missional bent. Download the team grid to see how your team works together to create greatest impact. (All our missionaries at Within Reach Global are required to take this test.)

c. Define your vision/mission statements. Practice it over and over. Within Reach Global vision/mission statements: “Honor God. Reach the unreached.”

2. The needs in the 10/40 Window are real.

This does not discount real and felt needs outside the 10?40 Window. In my scopes and online broadcasts you will always hear me talking about the final frontier of the missions enterprise: reaching the remaining unreached/unengaged peoples. There are 2 billion people waiting to hear the gospel message. There are no Christians, no churches, no missionaries, no Christian radio broadcasts, no hope to hear the message of salvation. The reality of lostness in the 10/40 Window are of prime concern.

3. The harvest is plentiful, the workers are few.

The Bridge outreach center at Within Reach Global is a perfect example of this. 10 universities in a new boom college town. Over 140,000 Chinese college students waiting for the gospel. Our missionary team, alongside a couple other organizations are working here. Total missionary force: 30 (generous statistic). That’s one missionary for every 4,666 college students. 

To learn more, navigate to Sobering Facts About The Unreached.

4. Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger than themselves.

Missionaries, you would be surprised at the positive response you receive when you make your needs known clearly. People will join your team if you ask them. We always ask people to join our Monthly Prayer and Financial Support Team. Best practice: ask face to face. A great resource which has changed our personal fundraising and search for vision partners is The God Ask by Steve Shadrach.

5. God gets glory when we usher people into the kingdom.

In the end, it’s all about God receiving the glory. Why do you need to communicate better and be a conduit of blessing? Because people are waiting at the other end of our obedience. When new lives are changed and transformed—new names written in the Book of Life—God’s glory permeates the globe, specifically those areas where the gospel has not yet gone.

Learning to communicate your missions passion more articulately will build your tribe, enhance your support, and transform lives who are waiting for the gospel to arrive among them for the very first time.

David Joannes
Founder/President at Within Reach Global
David Joannes is the co-founder and president of Within Reach Global, Inc, which serves the advance of the Gospel in some of Southeast Asia’s most difficult places. He is the author of The Space Between Memories: Recollections from a 21st Century Missionary. David has a love for language, culture, and creative writing, and for the last 20 years, he has witnessed God’s Kingdom established in forgotten parts of the globe. David lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with his wife, Lorna, and their daughter, Cara.
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