5. Have the entire congregation support the missionary.
* Make sure his newsletter goes to everyone (electronically, of course).
* Be sure the entire church gets to spend time with him before he’s sent and each time he visits.
* Regularly include his work in congregational prayer.
* Use his experiences as sermon illustrations — he’s part of the family.
* Use an internet feed to celebrate a joint communion service with his church annually.
* If he’s in a third-world country, send donated clothes or other appropriate gifts that will help his ministry.
* Send short-term missions to help his work.
* Send missions team members to visit on site and participate in the work. Don’t just go to audit him. Roll your sleeves up and help.
* Pray for his work without ceasing.
* Involve the children’s ministry so that your children grow up thinking about his mission work and seeing missionaries as heroes of the faith. They are.
* Be sure to have a bulletin board or two in a prominent location, keeping people aware of his work.
* Involve the women. They’ll have better ideas than these.
* Don’t forget to support his family. Start a scholarship fund for his children. Or send them Christmas presents from home. Do something so the family feels loved and supported.
6. If you’re the sponsoring church, you are counting on other congregations to support his work. Help them to do what you’ve done — without being condescending. Meet with them in person. Ask them how you can help them get the most benefit from their support.
Stay in touch. Share with them what you’re doing to support him, and maybe they’ll emulate your efforts.
7. Use the telephone — or Skype where the phone is too expensive. Stay in touch with phone calls. Maybe have a scheduled monthly call. Be a mentor, confessor, friend, and pastor.
You might also do the same for his wife. She may be desperately lonely for an American voice. If a woman at church has bonded with her, encourage her to do the same.
8. Remember special dates — anniversary of founding his new church, anniversary of first baptism, birthday, local holidays not celebrated here — that sort of thing.
9. Help him find a network of similarly situated missionaries to talk to on a routine basis.
10. Help him find a coach — a retired missionary who keeps up with methods and other missionaries and can help him work through hard times. In fact, don’t send him until you have this handled.
Do all that, and you’ll have one motivated, hard-working missionary — and a dramatically changed church.