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主前立約的宣教使者

伍銘懿牧師

北宣群體人數眾多,2018 年度團契有 108 個,動力小組計有 55 個,每個團契、小組各有其特色,單由差傳部的同工及部委在這麼龐大的群體裡傳遞宣教異象,實在不可能。因此教會於十多年前已開始鼓勵團契、小組設立「宣教使者」這個服事崗位,宣教使者就如一名大使,負責把遠方宣教士和宣教工場的信息帶回團契、小組,好叫弟兄姊妹真切地為宣教士禱告,甚至安排時間以短宣方式探訪宣教士,體驗服事未得之民的宣教生活。所以,「宣教使者」是宣教士和教會肢體之間的橋樑,更是宣教服事者的寶貴夥伴。

目前,北宣約有 120 多位宣教使者,他們代表著 70 多個團契或小組。每年初,差傳部都會舉行「宣教使者立約日」,招聚所有宣教使者為新一年的服事禱告、立志、作好準備。會間,差傳部除了為大家預備一份「錦囊」之外,也會分享教會宣教士概況、差關小組、來年差傳主日學、以及差傳活動等資料,更重要的,大家會有一段小組分享時間,讓宣教使者和教牧、部委進一步溝通,使彼此有更密切的配搭。

曾有一位經驗豐富的宣教使者分享說:「我們關心宣教士,要當他們是團契的成員般,盡量每月最少一次在團契聚會中為他們祈禱,每次不用太長,約 20 分鐘便足夠。每當宣教士生日、其配偶或孩子生日、聖誕節、復活節等日子,我們便送上賀咭和小禮物,他們得到的激勵是難以形容的。」

一位泰國短期宣教士曾分享,從前看到弟兄姊妹寫咭給宣教士,他都不以為然,覺得宣教士怎會著意一個不知名者寫給他們的問候咭?及至這位弟兄在工場收到遠方寄來的賀咭,他感動得不禁流下眼淚。

小小的行動,能成就宣教的美事!

上述那位宣教使者又說:「擔任宣教使者最蒙恩的,是透過與宣教士的持久接觸,建立彼此互信、互相守望的關係。這不單能夠支援宣教士,自己也往往能從宣教士的話和經歷中得到造就,使我們對差傳更投入,也了解更深,這福氣是好得無比的。」

願主悅納我們甘心樂意的獻呈!






Pastor's Sharing
Mission Ambassadors under Covenant
Rev Ng Ming Yee

NPAC is a big church. As at the end of 2018, there are a total of 108 fellowships and 55 small groups, each having its unique characteristics and features. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the Mission Department alone to convey the vision for mission to such a big church family. For this reason, the church has encouraged fellowships and small groups since more than 10 years ago to set up a serving position called “Mission Ambassador.” These ambassadors connect with missionaries and mission fields to bring their news to fellowships and small groups for prayer. Ambassadors also participate in short mission trips to visit missionaries and experience their lives serving among the unreached peoples. They bridge the gap between the church and the missionaries and are valued partners of the mission workers.

At present, we have more than 120 Mission Ambassadors from over 70 fellowships and small groups. At the start of each year, the Mission Department gathers together the ambassadors in a “Covenant Day” event so they can commit, pray and prepare for their ministry for the new year. During the event, the ambassadors are given a package of tips, latest news and information about NPAC missionaries, mission care groups, Mission Sunday School and mission events. Moreover, there is a sharing session for pastoral staff, department committee members and the ambassadors to improve their team work.

A veteran Mission Ambassador said, “Consider the missionaries as members of your fellowship. Do your best to pray for them in fellowship at least once a month, for about 20 minutes each time. Send them goodwill cards and small gifts on their birthdays and the birthdays of their family, at Christmas, Easter and other occasions. The joy and encouragement they have upon receipt of your care is beyond words.

A short-term missionary to Thailand was unmoved in the past when he saw brothers and sisters sending goodwill cards to missionaries. He thought the messages would not be taken seriously as they came from unknown people. It was not until he received his card at the remote mission field that his perception changed. He was moved to tears.

A small act of love and appreciation can help accomplish the good work of mission!

The Missions Ambassador above also said, "The greatest blessing for a Mission Ambassador is in the sustained relationship with the missionaries with mutual trust and care for each other. Not only can we support the missionaries but we also benefit from their sharing and experiences. Our commitment and understanding towards mission are enhanced. That is a huge blessing."

May the Lord be pleased with our willing offering!