A few weeks ago I got the chance to talk to some of our SBC International Missionaries via Skype. I was so broken by their response to one simple question I asked. “What can I do for you?”
Christmas time is all about us making lists of what we want as gifts. I wanted to do something for these great servants but their response was just to simple for me. All they wanted from me is that I pray for them.
I want your Sunday School class to begin to something very simple. Start praying for different missionary, by name, every month. Here are some links to find the names of our missionaries. Pray for them, email them, and talk to them.
Here is another way for your Sunday School class to become a missional group. A few months ago, the Research Services of the Georgia Baptist Convention purchased a service that would allow us to provide mailing lists to our churches. In other words, I could give them a street name and they would print me a mailing list of everyone on that street. I decided to use that on my street because my wife and one neighbor had begun attempting to reach our neighbors.
We now had a list of everyone and they began prayer walking the neighborhood. As they went through the neighborhood they used to list to pray for people by name! Later we went to visit. I’ve been able to join them a few nights and I’ve been privileged to share the gospel with some of my neighbors. My wife and one neighbor are now the unofficial chaplains for the neighborhood.
Why not contact your state convention and to discover if they have the same service available. If you are a Georgia Baptist church, why not give everyone in your Sunday School a list of all their neighbors and have them prayer walk.
Dr. Tim S. Smith serves as the Specialist of the Sunday School and Open Group Ministries of the Georgia Baptist Convention. Visit their website at ssog.gabaptist.org for more information and other resources to aid your Sunday School.