What if someone came to you and said they were going on a mission trip and they were wondering if you would help them raise the money to go? I’m hoping that you would want to know more about where they were going, what they would do there, etc. It’s important to be a good steward of what God has given us.
Playing out this scenario in your mind, imagine that they told you they were going to a country where the government is hostile to Christianity. They would not actually be doing any witnessing or working with local Christians. Instead they would be going around handing out business cards with a web site address on it. They would be slipping them under doors, leaving them with business people, pretty much doing whatever they could to get rid of thousands of these cards. Anything more would probably get them kicked out of the country at the very least, if not put in jail. How would you feel about that?
I’ll tell you how I would probably feel. I’d be skeptical and wonder if this was a good investment of my money. I am going to guess that if I didn’t know the person very well I’d be pretty inclined to just tell them I’d think about it, and I would before I told them I couldn’t help out. I would love to help everyone but I have limited funds and have to be selective.
Continue to imagine that a Christian missions organization had set up an evangelistic web site just for this closed country. They had even figured out a way to bypass that countries government internet filters. But – they had no way to let people in the country know about the web site. One can’t just go buy time on a bill board in a place like that, openly telling everyone “Go find out about Christ on this website.” So they send in a team of ‘tourists’ to get the word out with thousands of business cards. And – hypothetically again, what if the month that team went traffic to the site spiked by over 500% and 128 people or so from that closed country indicated that they had received Christ as their savior? Would it make you rethink the whole proposition? I know it would make me reconsider how I viewed that effort. God is at work and we need to be creative to keep up with him. We can’t keep doing things the way we always have. God is ingenious and moving constantly and we need to do the same. Who knows – the kind of scenario I have described may have even played out in reality somewhere. Of course, if it had, I couldn’t tell you about it for security reasons.