volunteerismThis good question was raised in North Africa this past week. I guess I’m not the only one needing good help. My friend in North Africa listed these sample ideas: 

  • When considering whether someone would make a great teammate carefully examine his/her fruitfulness in the past.  If someone has great character and fruitfulness in another context they’ll probably make great contributions.
  • Believe God is going to do great things.  When you believe it people will want to be a part of it.
  • Pray, pray, pray.
  • Stay in touch over time w/ people you want to work w/.  Eventually lots of them will come to points in their lives where they will seriously consider it.
  • If you want to have American teammates go to the same conventions & gatherings each year and follow-up, face-to-face, w/ key people.
  • Write great newsletters that make people want to be a part of what you’re a part of.
  • Ask people.  When I used to be in the home office I was astonished how clueless missionaries were about how powerful their words could be in the lives of young people.  It’s amazing how few missionaries ask people who visit to prayerfully consider a call.
  • Find ways to position yourself as an authority/value giver.  If you have learned anything that you could pass on to others, find a context in which you can share it. 

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