During the month of October, Rose Hill Friends Church featured a different missionary each Sunday by inviting missionaries in Nepal, India, Africa and Lawrence, KS to visit and share what compels them to serve God. Modern technology is great! Skype or FaceTime enables every church to connect with our missionaries in a more personal way. Using the internet, RHFC connected with missionaries in Nepal, India and Africa. If your church hasn’t tried this, you need to soon! Find someone (a teenager!) in your church who is technology savvy to help set up your internet connection, then email a missionary and ask when it would be convenient to visit. We don’t have to wait anymore to “catch up” for when they come for deputation! Does your church have a point person, who is excited about missions, who regularly shares missionary news? Has your church adopted a field, giving your church a special connection? You can also access videos on the EFM website for all of our missionaries, made especially to be shared in your church, small groups, or Friends Women groups. Are you on their email or mailing lists to receive newsletters? Most missionaries are on Facebook, “friend” them and see fun, in-the-moment updates with pictures. There are many ways to connect, we just need to do it! Through the live internet visits with the missionaries, RHFC learned that “Christ’s love compels them” (2 Cor. 5:14) to love and serve people. That same love should compel each one of us to take every opportunity to connect with our missionaries, to know them, encourage them, pray for them, support them and love them.
-Desiree Crisp, Rose Hill Friends Church
used with permission from the Fall edition of the EFC-MAYM Friends Women Quaker Bonnet