Barnabas, mentioned in the book of Acts, is the great example of someone whose life and ministry were marked by the way he encouraged others. You too can refresh and encourage our missionaries. You don't need a special calling to do this. In fact, it's a command given to every believer:
All you need is some understanding of the role the missionary fulfils and an idea of the challenges the missionary faces in that role.
Missionaries serving overseas in a different culture have to adjust to learning a new language, living in a different climate, eating different kinds of food than what they were used to at home. They have to figure out how to function in a culture where many things are done differently. In addition, they also miss their extended family and the friends they have at home.
How can you find out more about the specific needs and challenges of a particular missionary or tentmaker?
If you need help with either of these, contact the PTM for Missions at 6336-1433.
What can you do to encourage them?
These are just some practical ways to encourage missionaries. There are many more. The key is: get in touch with the missionary or tentmaker and find out how you can help him or her. Then do it with love and faithfulness. You will be blessed as you bless them.