“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
Churches spend thousands of dollars each year sending their members on short-term mission trips. They travel to foreign shores, pass out tracts, construct church buildings, and coordinate Vacation Bible Schools. They return home to tell about the strengthening of their own faith through eye-opening experiences.
Others, however, hold that long-term missions are a more effective way to carry out the Great Commission. Many men and women and their families have dedicated themselves to lifelong service in foreign countries. Integrating themselves into third-world communities, they build relationships and establish churches. They believe that this form of missions has the most lasting impact in the Kingdom of Heaven and is the most Biblical model of true evangelism and discipleship.
What do you believe?
The Master’s Mission (TMM), founded by Paul Teasdale and now directed by his son, Jim Teasdale, is based in North Carolina. The mission focuses on preparing families for long-term ministry in remote areas. To learn more about The Master’s Mission, visit www.mastersmission.org