Question about Missionary Training for missionaries:
"Why is God training me now in a way that doesn’t make sense?"
Think on Exodus 13:17: "When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter."
The Spirit has wired you with a particular set of spiritual gifts as well as given you a specific call that matches your ministry burden and passion. Your undergraduate degree and even graduate work in hand may contribute to that calling. But do not hesitate if you sense the Spirit leading you into a role that does not depend on your previous education. Go with the Spirit.
From my experience, about 60 percent of those who end up in missions can utilize their undergraduate major and degree. Others find that the Spirit is directing them into a new arena of outreach, where they lead out of their giftings rather than their competence and learned skills. Listening to God is the best way to remain in alignment with the often-surprising leading of the Spirit.
He may be building to you in some of these areas:
- A simple faith and obedient heart
- Insight into the Word, people, and life
- Giving up the tangible for the intangible
- Understanding and being flexible with people who are different from you
- Knowing and developing your gifts
- Drawing others to Jesus
- Striving for him, yet resting in him
- Finding your part in the intriguing and unlikely growth of the Church through the centuries
In your call to missions and leadership, you will regularly receive ongoing spontaneous training in each of the above, taking you to a deeper level, and moving these values from your head to your hands, from understanding to practice.
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