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Serving As Senders: How to Care for Your Missionaries While They Are Preparing to Go, While They Are on the Field, When They Return Home Paperback – 1991


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Emmaus Road Intl (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880185008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880185001
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I strongly believe that this is one of the most significant missionary books of this decade. Unless the Church and God's people respond to its message, the work of reaching the unreached is going to be greatly hindered. Every committed sender needs to get involved in distributing this book." -- George Verwer, Operation Mobilization

"This key book makes the strategic point that mobilizers--the senders--are as crucial to the cause of missions as frontline missionaries. It is a book just crammed with solid, exciting insights on the most hurting link in today's mission movement." -- Dr. Ralph Winter, U.S. Center for World Mission.

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"And how will they preach unless they are sent?" Those who go and those who serve as senders are like two units on the same cross-cultural outreach team. Serving As Senders is revolutionizing the church's thinking on missionary care!

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
"Serving as Senders" is an important book for churches and individuals serious about missions work.

Pirolo outlines for readers the need for senders... those who suppport missionaries here at home. He then gives practical reasons and ways we can help. Chapters include:

* Moral support

* Logistics support

* Financial support

* Prayer support

* Communication support

* Re-entry support

This book can be used as a guide as you look at your church's missions program, or as you evaluate your own skills and gifts.

Missionaries are a long way from home, loved ones, and things which are familiar. They are gone from a church they believe is behind them. Their needs are great, and we have the resources. How do we help them?

When I bought this book at a local church's missions week, I thought I understood what the concept of sending was all about. Now I see it not just as an occasional thing, but a ministry in itself.

I fully recommend this book.

Anthony Trendl
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1999
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As a missions-minded Christian in a church just forming its missions plan, I highly recommend this book. The chapters dealing with caring for missionaries when they return, either permanently or on furlough, are strategic. This is an area often overlooked in missions strategies.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Chan on September 4, 2002
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For me, this book became a significant eye and heart opener to a Christian worldview for missions and caring for missionaries. It not only served me in understanding and becoming a better sender, but as a cared for goer. There is no legitimate reason the church sends missionaries as "disposables," when they are in reality as much part of the church body in the field as when they are at home.
Sending means Caring, before, during and after a missionary goes to the field. This book is a classic in understanding and putting into practice this principle as we go and make disciples.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Pruitt on April 24, 2010
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Summary of Neal Pirolo's Main Arguments

In Serving as Senders Neal Pirolo addresses the very important, under-rated, and under-addressed subject of serving in missions as a sender of missionaries. Mission work is highly esteemed and admired in Christendom and there seems to be a virtual list of hierarchy of duties that are "the most spiritual," the most esteemed, or the most important (Pirolo, p. 28). High on that virtual list is being a pastor and going to the mission field, but what about the rest of us? What about the lay person? Not all of us are called to be a pastor or foreign missionary. We are all called to missions, however. So how do we go? Or a better question might be, "How do we serve as senders?" Pirolo asserts that "It is clearly established that those who serve as senders share an equal responsibility and privilege with those who go (p. 184)."

Neil Pirolo addresses how we are to care for our missionaries, in Serving as Senders, while they are preparing to go, while they are in the field, and when they are returning home. Chapter one, "The Need for Senders," addresses the need for senders in missions using stories and case studies (p. 23), and from the scriptural basis of Romans 10:15, "And how shall they [go] preach except they are sent (p. 14)?" Pirolo breaks down the "life span" of the missionary and outlines and charts out when the missionary will need support and how that support is helpful in the section "A Cross-Cultural Worker's Life Time-Line (p.17)." The time-line of a cross-cultural worker's life looks like this: a. normal living, b. anticipation of approval, c. prefield preparation, d. honeymoon period, e. culture stress, f. ministry of love, g. anticipation of return, h. culture stress in reverse, and i. full integration (p.17-21).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Mark Mills on January 14, 2002
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A great book for a mission's team in a sending church. This is must reading before your missionary returns home. How can you best meet their needs and understand their thinking if you have never been out of the country? This book will open up your thinking to missions as never before!
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By Serving for HIM on February 6, 2010
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Incredible Book! It takes lots of different resourses and seems to pull them all together to make one great read. It would be helpful for ANYONE who is interested in missions. Reading it as a missionary who is trying to "teach" her small church how to do missions (from the field) and to remind the church that out of sight shouldn't be out of mind. Also realizing where everyone (including myself) has failed at doing this the right way. Yet it is giving hope that things can be turned around. This is a very good resourse. It gives examples of what each "team" member needs to be doing, and how it all affects those missionaries on the field; before, durning and after their term of service. I would recommend this book to every member of a church who wants to be mission minded! I wish I had cases of these to give out!
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I bought it before my children headed to the mission field, thinking it's for the stay at home parents. The title is a misnomer. Those planning to go into the field definitely need to read it. If your church is thinking of sending (or currently supports) missionaries in the field, this book should be a "book study" for both the church board, missionary board, and small groups. Really anyone who knows someone on the mission field, or has a heart for missions. If you're "just dreaming" of going on the mission field yourself, make this your first step!
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