taken from To Every Tribe Winter 2009
There is a deliberate sacrifice that true partner-senders should make for the gospel. Consider these ways the Moravians organized their lives around the Great Commission:
–They understood all are called to either go or send. Therefore, the expectation that everyone must be ready when called upon for a hard gospel challenge.
—They didn’t believe missionaries were heroes. They taught there should be so many missionaries among them that it was common place.
–The Moravian community always tithed their people and money. Even their local church was supported out of their pockets after the 10% for the nations. This resulted in more than 22,000 missionaries being sent out during the 100-year prayer watch.
–Every newly planted church accepted this tithing principle of people and money. This meant every new church was expected to be a sending church.
–They taught their men practical skills in order to be self-supporting so more finances would be available for missionaries. They typically sent out new missionaries who could not support themselves.
–Moravian families raised their children for the privilege of someday sending them as missionaries. They typically sent out new missionaries in their early 20’s, knowing they would likely be dead within two years.
–They felt honored to be included in the number of gospel martyrs. In the early days, sevety-five of their missionaries died from disease or were killed by hostile people in Guyana. Replacements were immediately and joyfully sent to take place.
–They purposely lived their lives at low economic levels. Higher income didn’t mean a bigger home; it meant the same home with more given for the unreached places.
–Many young men wanted to go to the hardest and most despised places. Imagine going to Greenland or the Arctic Circle in the 1700’s!
–Many of them joyfully chose singleness because these really tough places would not be conducive to family life. They said it was an honor to sacrifice marriage for the quicker spread of the gospel.