Here are some of the words and phrases used in scripture in relation to partnership:

  • co-worker
  • fellow worker
  • joint heir
  • co-laborer
  • partner
  • companion
  • yokefellow
  • worked with
  • working together
  • join in
  • strive together
  • have the same attitude
  • follow

Take each of these and ask yourself questions like:

  • What does it mean to be a co-worker with Jesus? With my missionary friend?
  • What would it look like to have the same attitude toward my missionary friend that the Shepherd has?
  • How might I strive together with the Shepherd in accomplishing his desires in the life of my missionary friend? Through the life of my friend?
  • What are the implications of following the Shepherd in regard to his nurturing work in my missionary friend’s heart?

Now – take those answers and compare them to what you are currently doing…