Wednesday, July 05, 2006

“Seven Questions with Mr. T”

1. What were some of the key issues that lead you to serve with the International Mission Board?

First, God called us to be set apart by our local church for His mission full-time overseas. Since our local church is Southern Baptist, we naturally went with the IMB as our first option. If we served in a secular job here in the states, we would still be on mission through our local church.

Second, we believe Southern Baptists through the IMB are on target, for the most part, in obeying all of the Great Commission. There are many groups out there doing good things, but we believe most IMB missionaries are doing some of the best things to fulfill the Great Commission. The SBC, IMB and our church have faults for sure, but most of us are sincerely trying to follow the Lord’s will.

2. What is your greatest passion?

To become like Jesus and to do His will.

3. What is one barrier that you are experiencing in your ministry at this time?

Extra-Biblical Tradition and Legalism. Most overseas indigenous partners are infected with extra-biblical thinking and practice. We are our own worst enemy. We follow “the tradition of man” in areas such as baptism, ordination of leaders, definition of church, etc. that put up barriers to reaching the lost and multiplying results.

4. What is one thing you would want every Southern Baptist to know about your ministry?

At one time Southern Baptist Ms did missions on behalf of SBC churches. Then times changed and we did missions with the help of our churches. We continue to be on mission with our churches, but now we are taking it one step further – to help you be on mission to the ends of the earth.

5. What has been the biggest culture change that you have experienced since leaving the States?

Like the proverbial frog in the slow boiling pot of water, we gradually become accustomed to the heat and do not notice that we are burning up! Cultural changes? What cultural changes? Maybe the language, living quarters, dress, climate, food, transportation, communication … and the list goes on.

6. What are two or three things that you hope to accomplish in the next year?

Follow-up on the initial harvest among our people group so that they will continue to reproduce and multiply. Help two new couples called to be on mission where we serve. Become more like Jesus and do His will.

7. Are there some prayer needs that we could begin lifting up in prayer?

That God will confirm His calling in our life and that we will obey whatever He tells us to do. That more laborers will listen and respond to God’s call to the uttermost. That more of our SBC churches will worship God by going, praying and giving sacrificially to reach the hundreds of unengaged peoples on this side of the planet.

Mr. T is an International Mission Board Missionary. Because of where he is serving, he must conceal his identity and his location. If you want to follow along with his journey please read Mr. T's Blog


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