Question about Guidance for missionaries:
"I don’t sense God leading me to become a missionary. Is it selfish for me to send financial and prayer support and not go myself?"
For those who go to the uttermost parts, there is a need for a support team – a care group. For every member of the military who goes to the front line of battle, a minimum of nine back him up on the line of communication. Those who serve as senders are equally important. Their responsibilities are quite different from those who go, but they are equally vital. No, it is not selfish to be a part of "the rest of the team." Imagine a baseball coach telling the right fielder, "Hey, you didn't touch the ball the whole game. We don't need you any more!" Of course not. Likewise, though the ones who go might be like a pitcher or a catcher who touches the ball every inning, the other members of the team are equally responsible to fulfill their particular role.
On the other hand, we see an interesting progression in Matthew 9-10. Jesus has called on his followers to "ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field" (9:38). A few verses later he seems to tell his followers, "OK, guys. You're it. Get going!" It may be that as you have been faithful in providing financial and prayer support for your missionary friend, God will direct you to the front line yourself.
I find that so many people think they are "not doing anything," when, without their support, the "sent" could not be overseas where the need is so great.
It's okay to serve as a sender, but make sure it's not just the lack of a feeling that leads you make this decision. Just something to think about.
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