The following seven "steps" are condensed from the
Adopt-A-People Campaign website
We give them here as a summary to get you started, with the
prayer that you will adopt a people in South East Asia. Look at
our Maps and Peoples section for people!
1. Get Informed. The web is your friend! Learn
all you can about unreached peoples, missions, the Great
Commission. Share it with others interested in missions in your
church. Learn all you can and pray for wisdom and insight into
what you can do to reach the unreached peoples of our world.
2. Involve Church Leadership. Communicate your
knowledge and ideas to your pastor or leaders or whatever
committees your church may have for missions. If your church is
not much involved in missions, ask your pastor if you can start
a missions committee or group to pray for and get involved more
in the Great Commission.
3. Contact Mission Agencies. Find out what your
denomination is doing about unreached peoples. Find out what
others are doing as well. (Contact
SEAMIST!) Pray for guidance from the Lord. The Great
Commission is your responsibility, the ends of the earth is the
goal. Ask the agencies for information about what groups need
adoption. (See our pages!)
Keep gathering infomation while you pray for guiadance.
4. Select The People Group. Pray, and choose
ONE people group to work on. If you have different ideas, then
get all the info you can about the groups you are considering.
Pray and ask for advice from your pastor and church elders. Pray
and get direction from the Lord until all on your "committee"
are agreed. Then share your decision with the church leadership
for their blessing and approval.
5. Notify the Missions Agency and Formally Adopt.
They will likely be overjoyed at your decision and will begin
giving you more information about the people group you are
adopting. Hopefully they will send you photos and other
resources you can use to get others in the church more involved.
There may be some kind of agreement you will make or a church
service where you pledge to do all God enables you to do for
this people group. It is always good to "make it official" as a
church in a special event.
6. Serve The People Group. Appoint someone as
the "advocate" for the church to the people group. His
responsibility is to keep the church involved as much as
possible. Get everyone praying. Gather funds for supporting
workers. Involve and inform everyone in the church as much as
possible as to what is going on with your people group. Find
ways to get the gospel to the people group. Be creative. Stay
informed about progress, find out what others are doing,
encourage other churches to adopt the group... in short get as
involved as you can and stay involved until the people group is
reached! It may take years, but just keep working at it.
7. Enjoy the Blessings. Over time, you and your
church will be blessed. Missions awareness will increase. God's
blessings will flow as you pray and give. People from your
adopted people group will come to Christ sooner or later,
churches will be planted, and the Great Commissions will be
you are interested in adopting a people group in South East
Asia, SEAMIST would like very much to be a part of the process.
Adopt-A-People.org for much more information about all this!
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