Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, 6 who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. 7 For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. 8 Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth. – 3 John 5-8
A young woman from the church I serve is leaving this week for Phoenix. She will live there as she serves Launch Global, a missionary sending and support agency for Christian missionary work in the 10/40 Window. Wikipedia says of the 10/40 Window:
The concept behind the 10/40 Window highlights these three elements (as of data available in 1990): an area of the world with great poverty and low quality of life, combined with lack of access to Christian resources. The Window forms a band encompassing Saharan and Northern Africa, as well as almost all of Asia (West Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, East Asia and much of Southeast Asia). Roughly two-thirds of the world population lived in the 10/40 Window, and it is predominantly Muslim,
Hindu, Buddhist, animist, Jewish, or atheist. Many governments in the 10/40 Window are officially or unofficially opposed to Christian work of any kind within their borders.
Two things about Amanda’s missional ministry impress me. She speaks of her own personal commitment to evangelism, and even how Launch Global will send a person for missionary work only after he or she has exhibited success in personal evangelism. She also speaks passionately about the great number of people in the 10/40 window who do not give Jesus the glory he deserves. That touched my heart. Jesus deserves our praise for what he has done, and she wants to see that happen in the lives of more and more people around the world.
John says that we ought to support those who have gone out for the sake of Jesus. Diane and I are happy to support Amanda in her missionary work. It is one small way we can honor Jesus, and encourage others in similar pursuits. As a result, we hope that Jesus will be ever more exalted and that he will receive the glory that he deserves.