Recently, I had the opportunity to talk about African Americans and Missions with Timothy Byrd, a missionary with Campus Outreach in Johannesburg, South Africa. Our conversation will be posted in five parts.
Part 1: Why don’t we see many African American missionaries? Part 2: Challenges African American Missionaries Face Part 3: African American Church's Mission To Their Communities But Not the World
David Crabb: What practical ways can churches consciously encourage more African American missionaries?
Timothy Byrd: Talk about cross cultural missions. Pray about missions. Read up on African
Americans in missions as a church or in small group. Go on short term trips. A short-term trip was how I got to the field.
If someone is passionate about missions in their local churches then pastor, make it happen. To hear someone ask, “can we do mission trips or support missionaries,” should be energizing to pastors and leaders! If not, something else may be wrong. For some churches it might mean going through the proper channels, for others it simply might mean creating some proper channels.