We praise God and thank Him for His grace and for this opportunity to share what He is doing in the remote region of Nomane, a rugged area in the mountains of Papua New Guinea. Some of you may have heard, or even been to, some of the places we write about; some of you may have seen images which we are sharing here. Some of the accounts will be even hard to grasp. Some may surprise you, others may sadden you. They are part of a testimony of God’s goodness and power, displays of His majesty and glory, and glimpses of a life lived to the fullest, we pray, for His glory.
It is a commission for the whole Church.
Join us in taking the Word of God to the Nomane!
” Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Luke 21:33
The Biblical Model to Funding Missions
How should missionaries be paid? Biblically, there can be only one answer to this question. As Paul says, the Lord has commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel (1 Cor 9.14). The teaching is very explicit. There are many examples of this principle being practiced in the Scriptures. Here are just a few:
- First and most significantly, Jesus’ ministry was funded by some of those who heard Him (Luke 8.1–3), and He taught the disciples to rely on others while ministering (Matthew 10.5–15).
- Paul requested that the Roman church financially support Phoebe, one of the ministers at Cenchreae. (Romans 16.1–2)
- Paul himself received support and was grateful for the support he received: Philippians 4.10–20 (people frequently assume that Paul always supported himself by making tents. Actually, that was the second-best option for him. See Acts 18.1–5, where Paul began by making tents and quit as soon as it was financially feasible to do so. See 1 Corinthians 9.1–18, where Paul’s whole point is that the Corinthians owed him support: he concludes the letter by telling them that he hopes to stop by and that he hopes they will provide for him to finish his journey in 1 Cor 16.5–6. Also see Romans 15.20–24, where Paul asks a church he has never visited before to fund him on his journey to Spain.) In addition, Paul explicitly teaches in Galatians 6.6 that Christians are obligated to provide for the needs of ministers.
- The apostle John encouraged his friend to support missionaries in 3 John 5–8.
- The entire Levitical system in the Old Testament (the Levites were ministers) is based on the support of ministers by the rest of God’s people (Numbers 18.21–24 for example). In Nehemiah 13.4–11, Nehemiah was outraged that the Levites had to go and earn wages in a different way.
In summary, it is a Biblical principle for missionaries to raise support from the Body of Christ.
I am a missionary and invite you to partner with me. To support my ministry financially, you can:
A financial supporter is a partner. That word was chosen very carefully.
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Corina Paun – Missionary