Pastor and VBM Director Jeff Bush continue the series on the subject of Vision Baptist Missions’s policies and procedures. In this episode they deal with what the new missionaries are expected to do in their first few years under the veteran missionary.

  • Continuing the Discussion 
    • These are the things that are expected of VBM missionaries 
    • It is not theology or Biblical principles 
    • This is how to do work on the mission field
  • Can I start my ministry in English
    • It sounds good in theory 
    • But everyone has a heart language 
    • If you really want to tell people about Jesus and train men, you need to learn the language
    • It is a mistake to start in English
    • Rule of thumb: things don’t change across the border
    • What if someone tried to witness to you in Spanish?
    • They would never get the Gospel to you
    • You must learn the language well
  • What about working under a national pastor?
    • Missions isn’t washing clothes in a river and hanging them to dry on a bush
    • We are working with a budget much larger than a national pastor
    • We don’t rent houses like they do
    • Missions is not all about working with people who live in garbage dumps
    • National pastors are usually living on lower social levels than the missionary
    • Working under them is likely to cause jealousy
    • On the one side, if you choose to live very poor, the nationals will wonder what you are doing with the money they know you have
    • On the other side, your family will hate and resent the mission field 
    • You have be careful how you handle it
  • The new missionary needs to understand his role
    • You are not on equal footing with the veteran
    • You are there to be a learner
    • You are still in an apprentice stage
    • If you are smart, you would learn all that you can!
    • The root of the problem is pride
    • While on deputation, we are told how great we are and that we are heroes 
    • They we get to the field, and can’t handle being under authority
    • Deputation is the easiest step on the road to missions 
    • If we can’t handle deputation, how will we handle anything else that comes after?
  • How do we keep bad attitudes from forming?
    • Study Philippians 2
    • You need to have the same mind as Jesus
    • He didn’t think about Himself
    • He thought about others
    • In our world we have forgotten that ministry is about serving 
    • I am here to serve and learn more than I am to be the boss
  • What happens when there is a disagreement?
    • Say “yes sir” and “I’m sorry”
    • Unless it is a biblical argument, you are under his leadership for those first two years
    • When you are under someone, take the orders 
    • Learn your role
  • How to avoid arguing with your wife about the veteran missionary 
    • As the man, you are the leader of the home
    • Help her see that you are blessed to be learning the language under someone’s leadership
    • You have to be a learner 
    • If you can’t follow, you won’t be able to lead
    • It’s ironic to think we will train people when we can’t be trained
    • We want people to do what we would never do
  • What are reasonable goals wile working under the veteran?
    • #1 Learn the Language
    • #2 Learn the Culture
    • #3 Learn to do Ministry
    • Very soon you will be on your own, so learn everything you can before then
    • You need to know right now that you should be working 60-70 hours a week
    • Somewhere along the way we got the idea that missionaries don’t work
    • Don’t be lazy, or you won’t get the job done.
  • How many hours do you spend on language?
    • You should have 20 hours of structured language school
    • Then another 20 spent using what you learned
    • The last 20 is filled with ministry and church
  • How can I fill up 60-70 hours?
    • Regular people work hours like that
    • If the people who support us are working hard to send us that money, who are we to not work hard?
    • You can’t decide what you will do with my time so much in the beginning 
    • You have to be submissive to the veteran and put in the hours 
  • What does the first year look like fro a wife?
    • 20 hours of structured language school
    • 20 hours of practicing what you learned
    • Don’t use the kids as an excuse
    • There is no excuse
  • What about when family comes to visit?
    • They can visit while you are on break
    • Or they can wait for you to be done with class each day
    • God’s people are paying me to work just like they work!
  • Closing remarks
    • The mission board does all this not to be a task master
    • We only want the best for the people that we love
    • We want to make our missionaries more successful
    • That is why we do what we do
    • The World Evangelism Conference is coming in November
    • Key Speakers will be men like Don Sisk, Randy Stirewalt, and many more
    • Space is limited, so go online and register at visionmissions.com under the events tab!
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