A goal of most Christians is to convince others of truth. In the world of missions, the traditional goal is to make the truth available to every nation. Wycliffe and New Tribes Mission have the specific goal of translating Scripture for all people groups. Passages like Romans 10:14-15 often motivate us to these goals.
Romans 10:14, 15- But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
My agency, TEAM, states that their purpose is to establish reproducing churches among the nations. It’s a relational goal. Church itself won’t save anyone. A church, however, is a community of people that learn together, care for one another, and work together to care for others. Our goal is to reveal the truth of the Gospel through relationships.
To emphasize the importance of relationships in the process of hearing, understanding, and embracing the Gospel, I asked 25 missionaries a series of questions related to their own process of embracing the Gospel. I chose to ask missionaries these questions because these people are some of the most successful people I know, in relation to sharing truth with others. They aren’t “super Christians,” but they do live the victorious Christian life.
This was not a large study and it did not include a diverse audience. However, it did prove a theory that I had. Many of the Christians that I have known, who were actively living and speaking the truth of the Gospel, have known the Lord from an early age. They had several relationships and programs encourage their faith through adolescence and young adulthood.
Consider your own story. When did you make the decision to follow Christ? How many relationships have contributed to your faith? What programs have encouraged your faith and challenged you?
While Germany is a nation that has free access to the Bible in their own language, they are a nation with very little evangelism. Only 2% of Germany are evangelical Christians. My goal is to move to Germany and begin a ripple effect. I hope to multiply that statistic through evangelism and discipleship of young people who will be the church in the country of Germany.