I think God is calling me to go. I want to be sent to serve among those with little access to the gospel. What do I need?
In this episode, we talk with Steve about how mobilization is the work of missions. Luke 10 calls us to pray for more laborers; this is a call to mobilization. Pioneers is passionate about teams displaying God’s glory together. We can’t be passionate about teams if we aren’t passionate about mobilizing people to the teams.
Steve has been serving with Pioneers since 1998. He started his journey in missions working in the Caribbean and Haiti. He then set sail on a medical missions ship traveling across Europe and the African Coast, where he met his wife, Sara. Together they planted their home in Senegal, working among the Wolof people. When his daughter was born needing special medical attention, they transitioned to working in France. After immigrating to France, they spent 15 years there leading a church planting team. He now oversees a few regions within Pioneers including Europe. He currently lives with his wife and two daughters in Germany.
Steve shares his story of how God guided and moved him worldwide to serve His purposes. Because of Steve’s role in mobilization, he interacts with many potential missionaries and team leaders.
Steve gives tips for those preparing to go and insight into what teams are looking for in new teammates. Steve helps us look critically at whether our view of spiritual need is connected to physical poverty. He argues that even wealthy countries in Europe have a tremendous spiritual need.
In this episode, we discuss:
What mobilization is
How leaving Senegal taught Steve a lesson in mobilization
Qualities teams look for in potential candidates
The importance of teachability
Why we need a passion for Christ, love for people, and flexibility
Impoverished countries versus the spiritual need
The need for workers in Europe
Rethinking the 10/40 window
Creating a mentality of home, where ever God has you
Being all in where God has you
Book recommendations from Steve:
Conversations on When Everything is Missions: Recovering the Mission of the Church by Denny Spitters and Matthew Ellison
Pipeline – Engaging the Church in Missionary Mobilization by David and Lorene Wilson
Mission in Motion by Jay Matenga
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Episode notes: http://relentlesspursuitpodcast.org/2021/01/episode-5-what-makes-a-good-missionary