Missionary Work

In an article about Liberia and its recovery from Ebola, a couple who came from the US to Liberia to teach agriculture made the following statement concerning the people of Liberia:

They don’t need millions of dollars. . .They need people who come live among them, exhibit godly lives, and guide them into the future that they are capable of growing. [1]

It also raises a question in my mind:  What exactly what is the task of Christian missionaries?  Is their primary job to preach the gospel or is it to:

. . .let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

Is it more important that we just talk about Jesus’ words or should we put Jesus’ words into practice?


[1]   Jamie Dean, “Not over yet”, World, April 18, 2015, p.17.

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