This is blog 1 in a series of blogs on different homeland missionary roles. We begin with Margo, the Mobilizer!
Think of a missionary you know serving overseas. Have you ever thought about how they got there? How did that person who probably had a job and a family and a house and a church they loved leave their home country to live somewhere else?
Missionaries don’t just magically appear in another country. Ask any new missionary, and they’ll tell you about a long journey with some bumps and challenges along the way before they got to where God was calling them to go.
Paul understood this when he wrote in Romans 10:14-15, “And how can they hear about [Jesus] unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent?”
Missionaries are sent – and it takes people to send them.
At One Mission Society, the Mobilization team has the privilege of helping send missionaries around the world. As individuals begin to explore missions, we help them discern how God is leading them. We connect them with opportunities and countries that would be a good fit and walk alongside them through the process of applying and being accepted to serve with OMS.
As they begin to raise up a team of ministry partners, we pray with them, celebrate with them, and encourage them. And as they prepare to pick up their lives and move overseas, we help them work through the challenges they encounter and questions they face, like “What does the visa process look like?” “When should I quit my job?” and “What do I do with my stuff?”
If missions is a journey, mobilizers are the guides along the way.
A new missionary family serving in Mozambique expressed this perfectly:
“The last month has been challenging to say the least. Margo (our mobilizer) was right there; her calm spirit and prayers soothed our hearts.
I know many souls will come to Christ through our family in Mozambique. God used a beautiful tool in his hand to help us get to this place, and that tool is Margo.”
Because of mobilizers, people hear about opportunities to use their gifts, skills, and experiences to serve in missions. Because of mobilizers, people understand where God is leading them and are able to get there.
And because of mobilizers, missionaries are sent and people around the world are transformed by Christ.
To find out more about Margo, visit her profile page here.
To give to the homeland missionary fund, give here.
By Andrea Fisher, Director of Mobilization