Question about Singles/Families for missionaries:
"Can I become a missionary even though my family still has unbelievers?"
We knew what God wanted. We really felt we couldn't say, "God, I won't do what you want me to do, so now will you please do what I want and save my family?" We went to Guinea-Bissau where we were in an 8,000-square-mile area where there had never been a resident Christian witness. While there we prayed regularly for our families and in our letters (this was before email) we shared what God was doing in the lives of those coming to Jesus. Our parents had not wanted to talk about Jesus, but they eagerly read our letters, especially when we mentioned their granddaughter.
Fast forward years later. God brought us back to America, and we were able to lead two of our parents to the Lord, and indirectly help the other two. We also saw siblings converted. In fact there is only one still outside the fold.
Bottom line: When we are concerned with God's concerns, he takes care of ours.
Even if your family is against you entering the field, pray for their hearts to be softened to the idea and that they may see and understand salvation through your obedience to God. Be certain that they understand this is not something you are doing to make others proud, but for the name and renown of Christ, and the love for the people God has placed on your heart to serve as a missionary.
Few would go into missions without first sharing Christ with those who are closest, unbelievers in their circle of family and friends. We can't make them know or embrace the truth. But we can continue to live obediently and follow the example and commands of Christ.
As you pursue missions, trust the Lord to bring his good work to completion as you live a life that seeks to bring glory to him and draw people to him, wherever you are.
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