O God, who willest that all men should be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth: Prosper, we pray thee, our brethren who labor in distant lands (especially those whom we now name before thee). Protect them in all perils by land and sea; support them in loneliness and in the hour of trial; give them grace to bear faithful witness unto thee; and endue them with burning zeal and love, that they may turn many to righteousness, and finally obtain a crown of glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Taken from The Methodist Book of Worship for Church and Home, 1965
A Hymn for Missions and Missionaries:
“How Shall They Hear the Word of God?“
How shall they hear the word of God unless they are told?
How shall the sinful be set free, the the sorrowful consoled?
To all who speak the truth today,
impart your Spirit, Lord, we pray.
How shall they call to God for help unless they have believed?
How shall the poor be given hope, the prisoner reprieved?
To those who help the blind to see,
give light and love and clarity.
How shall the gospel be proclaimed that sinners may repent?
How shall the world find peace at last if heralds are not sent?
So send us, Lord, for we rejoice
to speak of Christ with life and voice.
Hymn number 649 from The United Methodist Hymnal
What is the Purpose of Missions? by John Piper (video lasts 2 minutes, 42 seconds)