One of the best ways that your church can be involved with GLA is by supporting a specific missionary (or more than one!). If you would like to enquire about one, please contact GLA offices. For ideas about how to best support your link missionaries and GLA, keep reading!
Encourage your whole church to pray for your link missionary. This can be done individually, in their small groups, in their different ministries, such as Cells, youth group, kids church, and up the front during the weekly services. Signing up for your missionary’s regular e-newsletters and updates is a great way to stay on top of prayer points—print out copies to give to church members, collect email addresses of those who would like to receive the updates directly, assign someone in your small group or ministry team to be in charge of updating the group on recent newsletters and prayer points from your link missionary.
Care for your link missionary at their placement. Your church or small group could send a care package to them with items they might not have access to—make sure to ask them what they miss and what is appropriate to send to their placement. Let them know that you’ve been praying for them. Send a video of your church or small group with a message to them.
You can also care for your link missionary while they are back home. Can you lend them a house, car, or holiday house while they’re at home? Treat your link missionary to a meal or invite them on an outing with you. There are plenty of ways to make them feel welcome in your church community.
While your link missionary is on Home Assignment, they will usually come and visit your church to talk about their ministry. This is a great time to get people excited about cross-cultural missions and to encourage them to recommit to another term of supporting your link missionary from afar. Take advantage of your missionary’s presence and invite them to visit your small groups, kid’s church, or youth group, as well as your church services. You could even hold a fun special event, such as a cultural night, where they can go into more detail about what life is like for them in their placement and how their ministry is going.
Could your church do a short-term mission trip to visit your link missionary and help with a specific ministry they do? Talk with your link missionary and GLA office to see if this would be a possibility. A short-term trip to visit your missionary is a great opportunity to see what their life and ministry looks like and be encouraged to continue supporting them.