Journal Entry #56 – “Mission Reports.” While I was recently visiting another missionary, I witnessed him writing his report to his supporters. He affirmed something that I had already believed by telling me, “a good report is not just about how many baptisms there were, but about what is happening within the local church.” I couldn’t agree with him more. So often, it seems that many brethren think the number of baptisms per month is all that matters. The more baptisms the “better” the work, right? Friend, that is NOT what the Great Commission says! Also, since 1 Corinthians 3:6 says that “God gives the increase” then how can we put an emphasis on counting baptisms? Our focus should simply be sowing the pure seed of the Gospel and strengthening the saints, allowing the Word to work in people’s lives. When a new babe in Christ starts taking an active role in service, that is worth reporting. Or, when leaders begin to develop from within the congregation, that is worth reporting. Mission work is not only about baptisms but also about generating Bible study contacts, guiding new converts in their Christian walk, and teaching others to teach others (2 Timothy 2:2).