Our daughter Hannah, our first born, grew up during the days of Barney, that oh so entertaining purple dinosaur. She loved to watch Barney so we had a collection of videotapes that were constantly played. And on long car trips we even had Barney Sing-a-long on cassette tape! You may be wondering, what does this have to do with missions or our journey to serve Christ in Ghana? Well, one of Barney’s sing-a-long songs that will forever be stuck in my head is called Peanut, Peanut Butter AND JELLY! It’s a song about making and eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
During a mission’s conference I heard a speaker challenge everyone to sacrificial living purposefully to send out missionaries with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He suggested using the amount you would ordinarily spend dining out one night, fifty dollars as an example, staying home and commit that amount of money monthly to support a missionary. Not only that, he suggested making this sacrifice an act of worship.
On the night you would have dined out, you might have an inexpensive meal consisting of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. And you could worship by thanking God that you have a job enabling you to earn an income by which to support a missionary. As you eat your peanut butter and jelly sandwich you and your family could take turns praying for the missionary you support. Eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches could easily become a family worship experience giving thanks to God and praising him for sending out workers into the harvest field.
We would be grateful for your monthly financial support and so would so many of our friends and missionaries all around the globe. We know missionaries either working in or preparing to go to Europe, Asia, Africa and right here in the United States. Many missionaries have had to return from the harvest fields to raise additional support and those who are attempting to go to the mission field are diligently communicating their need so that they can go.
So my plea to you is that you find a missionary family that needs support and skip one night of dining out a month. Take what you would spend dining out and commit to support your new missionary family with that amount. And use the night that you would have dined out to thank God and praise God together as a family. In so doing, a missionary family will be blessed and so will yours.