Missions Mobilisation Network
A Letter From George Verwer
Dear Missions Mobilizers around the globe,
I am sitting on an airplane returning from a
conference in Germany of about 200 workers,
almost all of whom work in the more unreached
nations in the heart of the 10/40 Window.
They expressed the need for more workers and the
amazing open doors in so many nations and so
many people groups. I want to thank you for all
you are doing to see prayer and workers
We really appreciate your letters and e-mails.
Each one gets read and often prayed over.
We are learning a lot from the feedback that we
are getting and here are a few thoughts on my
heart as a result of what I have seen and read
over these past 40 plus years. Luke 14:28 tells
us to be realistic and count the cost. We need
to be realistic about the complexities and
obstacles that we face. We must not just tell
wonderful stories and give the wrong impression
about the true situation.
- We are facing a great variety of local
churches with a wide range of opinions and ideas
about missions and sending out workers
- Churches that were major sending churches for
the last few decades in some cases now cannot
keep up with their commitments due to their own
congregation shrinking or internal problems that
consume time and money
- Some very popular churches have made it known
that they don't send out long-term missionaries.
They have no money in their budget for this.
They may encourage mission trips in which people
pay their own way or they may pray and give
money for projects, or in some cases, national
workers. Sending out and especially financing
longer-term and career workers seems to be the
tougher challenge of world missions. Sometimes,
to defend their policy, such churches spread
negative stories about missionaries and make
sure missionary speakers don't get into their
pulpits, especially Sunday morning when the
people are actually there.
- With the strong emphasis on local church
combined with the western emphasis on paid
staff, or professionalism, there are often large
numbers of full-time and paid staff. There is
little money left after paying all the salaries
to send out workers.
- I'm stunned at the size of salaries that many
pastors receive. This leads to rather affluent
lifestyles and enormous financial demands on the
congregation. Though the USA is the heart of
this philosophy this has for 50 years been
spreading throughout the world. In my own view a
great hindrance to world evangelization.
- It seems that there is very little
willingness to sacrifice or forsake anything for
the sake of world evangelization. Emphasis on
grace and freedom has led to the abuse of grace
and a lack of obedience and discipline. We have
failed to keep the balance and I include myself.
- I believe that many of our colleges and
seminaries have teachers who don't actually
believe that the unreached of other religions
(especially the sincere) are actually lost.
Various kinds of zeal-killing universalism are
on the increase. In fact, in our preaching and
teaching today, we seem to hear very little
about hell. That is a huge hindrance to
mobilizing new missionaries.
- I believe that extreme so-called holistic (or
wholistic) emphases have led to unrealistic
expectations. Attempts have been made to marry
reconstruction theology with prosperity teaching
to form a new spiritual cocktail that is
dangerous. Even more balanced holistic messages
have led to a de-emphasis of the importance of
giving people the actual salvation message. Many
people don't want to give of their finance
unless it is helping people's physical needs.
Huge amounts of money go into relief and
development (we are speaking of hundreds of
millions), while missionaries can't go or get
back due to a lack of support. In some cases it
is a sad state of affairs.
- The truth is that most missions work is where
the church already exists. These areas are still
crying out for more workers. Only a small
percentage are working among the more unreached
where in many cases the church is non-existent.
How can this be changed? For 20 years now we
have had the great unreached peoples' group
challenge. We thank God for all that has been
done, but what about 25% of the world's
population not having heard or read the Gospel?
We have a long way to go.
Whether it is the Acts 13 Breakthrough vision or
something similar or even different, we long and
pray for the church to move into a great pro-
active position in regard to the unreached. We
long for trained, anointed and equipped workers
to be sent out.
- All of us in this mobilization ministry need
a lot of patience. The way ahead will not be
easy! We just rejoice over each worker sent
forth and each person who comes to Christ. We
especially rejoice over each new church planted.
Please keep your requests and information coming
our way. We especially want to know about
churches that are sending their first
missionaries or are taking big steps to send out
For the unreached
George Verwer & Chacko Thomas
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