Growing up as missionary kids, we heard the word “deputation” a lot, but didn’t really know what the word itself meant until a few weeks ago. As we’ve been traveling around, many people have asked us if we’re “on deputation” right now, so I (Rachel) decided to look it up in the dictionary. I figured it was just some archaic missions’ term that was still being used here and there by a few people, so I was surprised to learn what “deputation” really means:
[noun] “the act of appointing a person or persons to represent or act for another or others.”
Bingo! That’s exactly what this phase of our ministry is about — you and your church are appointing us to represent you on the other side of the globe! Instead of deputation being about us (the missionaries) traveling around and asking people to join our team, deputation is actually about YOU and your church appointing us to represent you in Papua New Guinea and serve on your behalf!
You may never be able to travel to Papua New Guinea to share the hope of Jesus with those tribes, but we can. We are an extension of you and your church. So even though you are here in the United States, and we’re over in Papua New Guinea, we are partners together for spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” Philippians 1:3-5