Pioneer Missions: It is not about getting people to church on Sundays, but it is about what one does Monday through Saturday that will make the lasting impression on souls and eventually bring them to Christ. If you attend our Sunday Greenlandic service, you might be disappointed at the small number of Natives. Please don´t judge a pioneer mission work by Sunday attendance. If you spent a week with us, then you would see that we are busy Monday through Saturday in close contact with Natives. Sometimes we do not even have one day to ourselves. I learned a very long time ago that your door must always be open. In fact, one of the qualifications of a pastor is “hospitality.” That is an old English word that means “hospitality”! 😊 “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly.” If you are not friendly, then you will not make any friends, especially on the pioneer mission field where you are the foreigner. Some might say, I am not here to make friends, but to win the lost. Well, Jesus was a friend of sinners. If you are going to reach sinners, then you are going to have to befriend them. You will have to befriend some of the most vile and wicked people. Vile and Wicked People that Christ Jesus died for!
After many years on this pioneer mission field, we have made a lot of friends. It did not happen overnight. Now I get phone calls from Natives in other towns and villages asking for prayer. Some former inmates message me and ask for advice. Others have dropped in to talk about their depression. Some former teens from the children´s ministry message how much they miss coming to church and being with our family. Some former teens talk to my wife about the guilt and suicidal thoughts they have because of an abortion. Other women meet with her to talk and seek some help. And then there is the “gossip” that goes around town about the Baptist preacher and wife who always have a smile on their faces every time they see them in town.
People are watching us every day of the week, not just on Sundays. People will be reached by the way we live Monday through Saturday and not by the way we preach on Sundays. By being friendly and hospitable, we have had ample opportunities to sit down one on one with Natives and give them the Gospel
Remember your labor is not in vain in the LORD!
Be faithful…and Friendly every day of the week!