Where the Body of Christ and Missionaries Connect for Mutual Encouragement, Edification and Community
In 2012, we asked the question:
“If people were given an opportunity to connect with a missionary, would they take it?”
There was only one way of knowing. So, we created the opportunity, then we took it to a large Christian music festival where we had access to thousands of Christians of all ages, and watched to see what would happen. The response was phenomenal!
The opportunity involved little effort. Passersby were asked if they would like to send a note of encouragement to a missionary. From that point they were given a notecard, then they were instructed to pick a country of interest and write something encouraging for a missionary serving there (with the option of requesting that the missionary respond back). When we gathered the cards, we were faced with the most fortunate of problems…we had several hundred more cards than missionaries in our data base.
Will people connect with missionaries, if given the opportunity? Yes, they most definitely will!
Not only did our test show that people are willing to connect, but as we interacted with them, it revealed that people are very interested in missions and genuinely respect and honor missionaries. The challenge that people face, though, is that they don’t know how to connect. That’s another adverse trend in missions that we’re working to overcome.
We’re Doing Something About What We’ve Learned
We know that missionaries long to not be forgotten. We know that people in the church have a genuine desire to relate with missionaries. And we know that both sides have challenges knowing how to connect with one another. So, we’ve created FMNConnect to bring these two vital parts of the Body of Christ together.
Join FMNConnect Today!
ARE YOU A MISSIONARY OR MISSION ORGANIZATION?
Join Our Community of Missionaries to build new relationships with individuals, churches and other missionaries.
Sign up for our Missionary Registry. As a FMNConnect registered missionary, you will receive cards and notes from individuals who participate in FMNConnect Events, like the one described above.
*Your contact information will never be published or shared. All correspondence is collected and distributed to you by Forget-Me-Not Ministries until you instruct us otherwise.
**If you serve in an at-risk region, all cards and correspondence will be sent to a designated address, per your instructions.
Have your story featured in one of our quarterly publications. Your mission story will be featured in one of our FMNConnect quarterly publications.
Share your knowledge, experiences and ideas. The wisdom and knowledge that you’ve gained on the mission field is immensely valuable to the church and other missionaries. You will be invited to participate in online forums to share and exchange information and ideas. In addition, because we are dedicated to maintaining a high standard for disseminating true and relevant information, we welcome your contribute to FMNConnect fact-finding inquiries.
ARE YOU A CHURCH?
FMNConnect is an easy and encouraging way to help the people in your church begin to reach out to and build lasting relationships with missionaries.
Host a FMNConnect Event. FMNConnect Events are fashioned after our test event and can be tailored to fit your needs and objectives. A FMNConnect Event can be as easy as incorporating a 5-10 minute presentation during your church service, or highlighting it as part of a mission conference or other function. At the most basic level, we supply you with the materials and instructions, then we distribute your cards. In addition, we will share your experience in our FMNConnect quarterly publication.
Participate in Special Connect Opportunities. We organize and invite you to participate in opportunities to bless missionaries at special times of the year, like Christmas, or during significant times when they have a particularly critical need for encouragement.