Ralph Waldo Emerson noted, “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” Scripture says it this way, “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).
This week I had the opportunity to visit with two young missionaries in Malawi. They represent the new role many western missionaries play. They are not missionaries as you might think. Rather, they are facilitators equipping leaders in the local church.
This is a good thing. It indicates the Gospel has taken root in the heart of the people of Malawi, and they are making disciples and starting churches. The missionaries’ new role, in this case, is one of organization and encouragement, as together with national leaders they forge a new strategic plan.
As a matter of fact, over the past 50 years, these gentlemen estimate the mission entity they work with in Malawi has started 300 churches. If you think that’s impressive, the number is an estimated 2,000 in Mozambique.
Their facilitation includes helping national church leaders plan microfinance strategies and community development, tools that help show kindness to others. What vital work for Malawi, one of the 10 poorest nations in the world.
As these young missionaries shared their dreams, they focused on media to tell their story, share the vision, and most importantly, declare and deliver the Good News.
Yes, the roles may have changed for western missionaries, but the need for media to proclaim that “Now is the day of salvation” has never been more important.