In our previous entry, Cleon Cadogan shared his testimony from his time spent in Grenada as a volunteer missionary as part of GENESIS. The primary objective of his time there was to plant and organize a new Nazarene church in the community of Content. Within the first year of his arrival, God had done the work and this goal was met. Now there is a thriving congregation in that community that is preparing to start another church in order to reach their island.
As Cleon concluded his time in GENESIS, he shared several pieces of advice that he would give to anyone saying yes to a missions’ call. Here are his 15 recommendations:
1: Be sure that God has called you to the people you are going to.
2: Learn and love the people you are going to live among; be willing to drop your preconceived ideas of them.
3: Prayer support is vital to your physical and spiritual health.
4: Fasting and spending personal time with God is necessary to keep your sanity.
5: Do not let money be the factor for you not being able to accomplish your task.
6: Remember: God provides for the mission in every way.
7: Be creative in the methods you use to partner with persons who will be giving to the mission.
8: Demonstrate a level of transparency and accountability with your partners.
9: Communicate the vision clearly to your prayer partners and donors.
10: Do not fail to use varying mediums to communicate and keep in contact with your partners.
11: Listen to the needs of the people with whom you are working.
12: Let the creative juices flow within you at all times.
13: Rest when Jesus says to rest.
14: Do not forsake your friends and family for the sake of the mission.
15: Nothing should be done without consultation with God.
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