Many people think that World Missions is only for a certain kind of people, or for only those that want to 'preach'. I am here to tell you that is not so. World Missions is for ANYONE who is willing and able to go and show the love of Christ to the people. That is it in a nutshell. Traveling abroad is not for everyone, however it is an experience that I believe everyone should have. There is nothing like being in a foreign land and worshiping our Lord and Savior with brothers and sisters of another country.
Some are called to preach and spread the gospel throughout the world. We are ALL called to share the love of Christ throughout the world. Some are called to aid in special needs abroad. I heard a story of a couple that went on a mission trip many years ago, and on that trip the Lord softened their heart towards a child that was suffering from a physical disabilities. The surgery was very expensive and could only be done in the US. When that couple got home from their mission trip they went on to raise the funds to help that child that was so near and dear to their heart come to the US for the life changing surgery.
Our pastor recently said, "everything we do or don't do, has an everlasting effect on eternity". I want you to seriously think about that for a moment... Every time we obey God, it makes a difference. Every time we do not obey God, it makes a difference.
Now think again of that couple I was telling you about. To my knowledge, they have never returned to the missions field. Because of their ability and obedience to the Lord whom says "go ye into all the world..." that child's life has forever been changed. Now, had they not decided to go, that boy would still be suffering with his disability and would not have seen the love of Christ through that couple.
So, to answer the question "What is World Missions?" Well, it is going throughout the world, ministering to the people through preaching, sharing, caring, encouraging, and providing for their spiritual, emotional, and physical need. Sometimes all they need to know is that someone 'out there' cares about them. And what better way to show that than by going and visiting with the people that you have been praying for, or seeing pictures of, or been raising money for.
And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.