Read Hebrews 11:8–10.
- “It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance” (verse 8a).
What does it sound like to hear God’s voice inviting someone to leave home to share the gospel with unreached peoples?
Is fear ever completely absent? Explain.
- “Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God” (verse 10). Read verses 13–16 as well.
As a group, create a list of several truths about heaven that would compel someone to bring the gospel to unreached peoples.
- Watch “Bui’s Story” (4:25)
Which of the following statements by a formerly unreached person from a Buddhist culture speaks the loudest to you? Explain.
“I was thinking there should be more to life than what I was experiencing."
“I didn’t know I was lost until I found God.”
“The missionaries are like my spiritual parents. They took me in and brought me to Jesus.”
- Watch “Start the Conversation” (1:10)
What does this short video say about the roles God and man play in bringing the gospel to unreached peoples in Buddhist cultures?
Read the following and share which point spoke to you the strongest from each list. Five Struggles & Joys of Missionary Life
Top five struggles:
Top five joys:
Top five struggles:
- Grief. “There is an unceasinggrief caused by missionary friends leaving the field. We also grieve the traumas, sicknesses andstruggles of friends and teammates on the field.”—A worker in Southeast Asia
- Uncertainty. “Sometimes I wonder if I have what it takes to make it happen—the big vision that God has called us to.”—A worker in Europe
- Cultural Stress. “There is a regular level of stress that persists when just living daily life because of simple things like heat, traffic, foreign languages, culture, laws, etc.”—A worker in Southeast Asia
- Singleness. “I get weary having all of the responsibility of everyday life in another culture fall solely on my shoulders.”—A worker in the Americas
- Foreign-ness. “No matter how I dress, how well I speak their language, how well I can cook local food or how much I love my local friends, I will always be a foreigner—different, misunderstood, an outsider.”—A worker in East Asia
Top five joys:
- Raising Children. “I get to raise children outside of the USA where kids grow up so fast. Mine are probably immature compared to American children, but I am thankful that they get to be children longer.”—A worker in Southeast Asia
- Adventure. “I experience adventure, travel abroad and the joy of seeing God work on the front lines.”—A worker in Southeast Asia
- Margins. “My most effective work (where I see God most) is done in the ‘wasted time’ of conversations (time saved for margin) when my real work is interrupted by others.”—A worker in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Team. “It is amazing to live in this type of community where we are caredfor so deeply…My teammates care about my everyday life, my relationships, my family, and my walk with God. It is something that is hard to replicate off the field. They are truly the Lord’s provision to us!”—A worker in East Asia
- Dependence. “Our daily dependence on Him is at a level different than we knew in the US.”—A worker in Central Asia
Read any Global Starting Point.
Become SOGY. Support others by forming a World Team or go yourself by contacting a mission agency. Describe your journey of becoming SOGY.
Reflect on what you learned in this meeting and let it guide you in prayer as you pray together as a group.