Question about Guidance for missionaries:
"I’ve always lived in an urban area. How hard is it to adjust to a rural or jungle environment?"
- Am I willing to work in extreme heat and high humidity?
- Can I travel hours per day in the hot sun in order to bring the gospel of Christ to remote jungle and mountain areas?
- Am I willing to live on meager means for months at a time?
- Am I willing to travel by any means (water, animal, foot, etc.) to reach areas that are remote?
- Am I willing to go without the everyday items I have in my home country, fitting all of my personal belongings in a backpack?
- Am I willing to sleep among bugs and spiders?
If you cannot answer "yes" to these questions, then mission trips to remote areas will be a challenge for you. If you're willing to forsake all to spread the gospel to others, then God's grace will be more than sufficient. My suggestion is that you try a two to four-week mission trip to a remote area to grasp a better understanding of what is required -- physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Some of the same challenges apply. You may still face that extreme heat and high humidity, bugs and snakes and spiders, and sometimes have to do without water, fuel, and electricity. You'll likely be exposed to more crime and worse pollution than you'd find in a rural or remote environment. Even if you are surrounded by people, they may seem hostile, indifferent, or unresponsive.
Yet cities are full of people for whom Christ was sent and on whom he has compassion. God has left his fingerprints on the world's people: both on you and on those he will send you to live among.
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