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How to be a Missionary in Your Own Neighborhood


Christian missionaries are typically highly respected by fellow believers, especially those that live in another country.

Have you often wanted to do good works, but felt that your plate was too full as a Christian wife and mother?


You don’t have to leave the country or serve in the inner city in order to become a missionary.

According to GotQuestions.org, “A Christian missionary is commissioned by the Lord to make disciples, followers of Christ. Jesus commands all Christians to share the Gospel, the message of His death and resurrection that conquered the penalty and power of sin.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). “

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How to Become a Missionary Where You Live

It is important to serve where you have been planted.

Even if we are busy wives and mothers, we can still have the global view in the ministry of serving others.

We have good friends that are missionaries, and they come from a long family line of missionaries.

They are currently serving as missionaries in Budapest. And as a family of nine it was not an easy decision for them to make.

They sold most of their belongings to move to another country, learn new traditons, and spread the Gospel.

It is so easy to see that they are serving the Lord and while I deeply admire them, I couldn’t help but wonder, “how am I serving the Lord?”

Through much prayer and reflection, I realized that homemaking is a ministry.

But there has always been the question of “what else can I do” to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Then I realized that one does not have to be a missionary in a foreign country and that you can serve where you are planted.

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Serving Where You are Planted

Wherever you live and whatever you do, you can serve where you have been planted. There is a need for you wherever you are.

  1. Recognize the fact that homemaking is a ministry. You have been called to be the keeper of your home. This is a very important mission field for you to be in. Your impact as a wife and mother will impact future generations.
  2. Visit the elderly. Far too many are lonely with little or no visitors. Your presence can brighten their day and fill their hearts with joy.
  3. Volunteer your time by offering to watch a mother’s young children so that she can go grocery shopping, run errands, or take a nap.
  4. Make a meal and serve it to a neighbor. It does not have to be fancy at all, but a small act shows that you care.
  5. Offer to run errands for somebody who is unable to do so. Perhaps a new mother, elderly neighbor, or injured co-worker.
  6. Have your children draw pictures for nursing home members or to pass out at church. My children do this and it has been so well-received.
  7. Offer to do spring clean up in somebody’s yard. Bring your children along and work side-by-side with them. Not only does this teach them to love and serve others, but it is an example of Christlike love.
  8. Or offer to do spring cleaning in somebody’s home.
  9. Bring somebody to church that does not have a way to get there.
  10. Serve in a soup kitchen.
  11. Buy personal hygiene products and food, then deliver to a local food pantry. These items are always in need.
  12. Pray for your street, neighborhood, and town. Pray for their safety, souls, and salvation.
  13. Host a backyard bbque for your neighborhood. Be the Gospel in action. Christian’s will be known by their love.
  14. Learn your neighbors stories, names, and their lives. Develop a deep love for them, just as Christ would. Relationships that are firm are often easier to share the Gospel in.
  15. Carve out time for intentional serving in your town.
  16. Be a listener. Make it less about you and more about the person you are listening to.
  17. Host a women’s Bible study for all denominations.
  18. Resist the temptation to divide between the secular and sacred. Who know’s where God is going to show up next? Just be present.
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Jesus Chose You

The disciples were described as “unschooled and ordinary men,” (Acts 4:13) yet Jesus wanted them with Him and wanted to empower their lives to have eternal significance.

You don’t need a fancy seminary degree or to have the entire Bible memorized in order to serve as a missionary where you live or to be effective in spreading the Gospel.

God can use you today.

The one true test of Christlikeness is the one of a transforming character—to what extent are we are a reflection of the Spirit of God to a watching world?

The Lord has called you and I to follow Him, to be like Him, and to help others follow Him, too, whether we’re in a big city, in the country, or live foreign country; we have been equipped to serve and spread the Gospel where we’ve been planted.



One thought on “How to be a Missionary in Your Own Neighborhood

  1. YES!! This is absolutely correct and such a wonderful reminder I will be sharing with people at our church. I believe so many people are scared god is going to ask them to quit their jobs and move to Africa and that’s rarely the case. Loving the people within the mile makes just as much as a difference as it does in Africa!

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