Do you want an exciting and meaningful boost for your church? Do you want your church or small group to be more involved in missions? Do you want to “get to know” a missionary? Then join Kentucky’s “Adopt-a-Missionary” program.
No, missionaries are not orphans, but adoption is a beautiful word that helps describe the strong relationship between missionaries and the churches and friends who pray and encourage them in their ministries. The church at Antioch, in a sense, adopted Paul and Barnabas as special messengers of the gospel to Asia and Europe (Acts 13:1-3).
The North American Mission Board and Kentucky Baptist Convention have assigned missionaries to specific ministries across our state. These KY-MSC missionaries are adults, called by God and connected to a Kentucky Baptist Convention church, who commit to serve from nine months to two years (renewable), and are self-funded. The positions engage in or directly support missions, church planting, collegiate ministry or evangelism, in cooperative partnership with a Kentucky Baptist Convention church, association, or organization.
These missionaries are making a difference in the Kingdom, one individual at a time and, this past year alone, reported 4,442 professions as a direct result of their ministry and/or their personal witnessing.
God calls some to go. Others He calls to support those who go. Support may be financial as we normally think, but there are many other ways to support our Kentucky Mission Service Corps missionaries. We would like to connect churches, Sunday School classes, WMU groups, or small groups to one of our 106 KY-MSC missionaries.
By adopting a missionary, you commit to:
- Pray for the missionary.
- Communicate and encourage the missionary by telephone, letter, email or card.
- Send a birthday or holiday care package to let them know you are remembering them.
- Visit the missionary’s ministry and assist with the work.
- Invite the missionary to share in your church or small group.
- Meet a need the missionary may have.
In turn, the adopting church or group will experience:
- A personal relationship with an active missionary.
- A strengthened commitment to missions.
- A heightened awareness of missions opportunities.
- A fresh, outwardly focused ministry perspective.
- Group building and bonding through service to others.
- An opportunity to see God at work and an invitation to join Him in it.
Since relationships do not generally happen overnight, and because it takes time for a church or group to organize and plan a strategy, a two-year adoption period is encouraged. At the end of the two years, the church or group can extend the length of the existing adoption relationship or request another missionary to adopt.
Can the missionaries count on you? Would you commit to care for and support a Kentucky Mission Service Corps (KY-MSC) missionary?
Contact [email protected] to get connected with “your” adoptive missionary.