Question about Guidance for missionaries:
"What unexpected obstacles or doubts did you experience becoming a missionary?"
Over the years, my doubts have remained! On one hand I look at the ministries I've started and helped others get plugged into and I'm satisfied. But I also realize that whatever good I've done, whether it be the number of ministries started, or souls won to Christ, must be viewed in the light of my degree of surrender to Christ. My doubts have served as a thorn so that my sense of accomplishment may not rest on my good works, but on Christ and his righteousness.
I think our longevity on the field depends on our dependence on God's grace. Doubts and feelings of inadequacy are necessary for us to remain qualified for the tasks before us.
Then we went to Korea. The language, the culture, our ignorance of the country, and our arrogance in thinking we knew all the answers threw us for a loop. We were not as ready as we thought.
We had needed that time. We were newly married, then with two new babies. We were also dirt poor! God was gracious to only hold us off for those five years when we learned a little on how to lean on him. We learned so much from our brothers and sisters in Korea, and we are better, much better, for it today.
Often the attack is in the form of an accusation, coming from people who know us and are believers. This is what can make it so discouraging. We think these people should be for us, then we find them saying things about us that are unkind and usually untrue. Friendly fire. What should we do?
First, we do what scripture instructs us to do: stand firm. This means we do not quit and run. Nor do we try to attack. We stand firm:
- Firm in the conviction that we are being obedient to God's direction in our life;
- Firm in our faith that God knows exactly what is happening and knows how to protect us;
- Firm in our commitment to follow Jesus, regardless of the cost;
- Firm in our understanding that the enemy will flee as we resist him (James 4:7).
This topic is one of the themes discussed in The Journey Deepens weekend retreats for prospective missionaries.
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