A Contrast of Missionary Strategies
Both the Calvinst and the Arminian are eager to reach the lost with the gospel so they each send out missionaries to the lost and unreached people groups. Both indiscriminately preach the gospel to all people. But this is where the similarity ends. The Calvinist, and his or her sending local church, earnestly pray for the souls of real people, that God will save individual sinners - those the missionary is working with; that God would have favor on them. That he would germinate the seed which they are planting and bring these individuals to life.
The Arminian, and his church, on the other hand, do not pray for God to save individuals nor do they pray he would have favor on certain people over others. For as soon as he prays for someones salvation he is asking God to change their heart, in which case he is no longer an Arminian, but believes God can do something to the will of the person being prayed for... and since, according to them, God is obligated to grant the same favor to all people, he cannot consistently pray that God would have favor on certain individuals and not others. It all becomes very impersonal because the Arminian can only consistently pray for the mass Of humanity that God would do something He is already doing for them - giving them equal opportunity ... without any thought to the individual. Otherwise, they reason, God would be unfair. But does not Jesus himself say, "Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ (Matt 20:15)
Of course the hypercalvinist neither sends nor prays for he erroneously reasons that "When God decides to save the heathen, He will do it without any help."