We see people who travel across the world, taking the gospel to a foreign land where it does not already exist as missionaries. We see ourselves as missionaries when we go on a weeklong mission trip. But, when we work for the Lord, it’s a ministry, not a mission. Why is this the case?
As a missionary, we’re called to show God’s truth in a way that others can understand. For some, it’s speaking through the language and traditions of the foreigners, for others, it’s through telling stories and anecdotes that are relatable to the person being ministered to. But there’s another frontier in our current landscape that could be considered a foreign territory in need of the truth and light of Jesus Christ. It’s an intangible state, made up of pixels and waves of data. The Internet, broadcast media, Social Media and entertainment can now be seen as a way of life, it has become a space where people function, communicate and “live.” Therefore, it has emerged as a place the gospel must be projected, though it’s a place where the gospel isn’t naturally welcome. Just as God calls and anoints people for service in a foreign land, He is calling Media Missionaries to serve in an alien (and sometimes hostile) territory. Media Missionaries must meet people in the midst of their daily activity, opening up an opportunity for God to penetrate deep into their heart a message of hope, love, security and salvation. Once God’s love has been revealed and accepted, the next responsibility is to equip Christians to be able to stand against the enemy’s schemes and attacks, as well as provide support and guidance when those attacks come. At niNe. magazine, we firmly believe we are Media Missionaries and have a calling to fulfill, and we will not back down until Christ tells us it’s time to shut the door.
As a Media Missionary, we’re bringing the truth of God and the gospel of Jesus into the airwaves, on to the silver screen and inside the cover. To throw Christian values, teaching and morals into an abstract arena makes the gospel available to those who are thirsty to accept Jesus in a place that is familiar to them. Though it may not be an actual destination, we need to send missionaries into the media field because there are people who interact in this realm almost as much as they do with community on solid earth that need the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
Every article that’s written for niNe. magazine has the potential to bring someone closer to God. Much of our content introduces readers to God’s truth, as well as His beloved son, Jesus. Isn’t this our mission? niNe. is more than an outreach, it’s a force, called by Jesus, to “go and make disciples.” niNe. magazine strives to be a light in the midst of a dark media industry. We’re bringing God’s brilliance and beauty into a world that’s focused in on gossip, brutality, scandal, violence, shame, corruption, etc. What does this make us? Just like so many, we’re entering a place that does not want us. We’re not welcome. We’re misunderstood. Yet, we stand. We stand because Jesus has called us. We stand because you deserve the truth. We stand because the light within niNe. magazine is strong and it reaches the depths of the blackened society. We are on a mission to be Media Missionaries.
So, if you feel called to share the sincerity of our Savior without going to a foreign country, then we applaud you and encourage you to join us in our journey. But just like your mission field doesn’t have to be a third world country, it doesn’t have to be the media industry; it can be your school, your workplace or your own home. Trust that God has called you to “go” and has given you the talents and ability to make an impact for His glory wherever He’s leading you. You may not know a foreign language, you may not know how to use Photoshop or Final Cut Pro, but you do have abilities that are special to you and unique to your mission field.
If you do feel called to the media mission field, we’d love to have you as one of our volunteers. Please connect with me personally so we can begin a conversation about what God is calling you to do and where He is leading you.
Regardless of your situation and your landscape, be the missionary that God has called you to be, and bring light to the darkness that need not exist any longer.