… if you go to the field for these ten reasons, given by an evangelical. You and I might tweak what she says, but overall she provides some good material.
I found her first reason especially intriguing, one with which a commenter took issue:
1. Don’t Become a Missionary if You Think You Are Going to Change the World. First, high expectations doom to disappoint, but, also, maybe your desire to change the world is trumping your desire to serve. Ask yourself if you would be happy moving overseas to a much harsher environment in order to quietly help a local, while getting no recognition and seeing no fruit in the process. If you can answer honestly yes, then maybe you’re still in the running. …
Apparently, the author did not remain on the field for more than a few years, so it would be interesting to read what someone who’s been at it for a decade or more might say.
What other reasons might you provide for a person not to become a missionary? Share them in the comments below.
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After two years in a brotherhood training program, the young couple Rolfe and Valeria began, by themselves, a new work in a Brazilian state capital in March, 2012.
The city is São Luís, on the South Atlantic Ocean, with over a million in population. The state, Maranhão, at the western edge of the northeast region of Brazil
No work by churches of Christ has ever been done in this city before. Rolfe and Valeria wanted to see the gospel reach this untouched city for Christ. They have God’s mission at heart, and their commitment to this purpose is strong. Continue reading →
So says gardener Christine Berglund in her Forthright Magazine column today. writing about “fishers of men” in general:
Sometimes the word “support” is used synonymously with “money” when it comes to our church workers. In reality, they need much more than a paycheck, although let’s not neglect that!
And while we are on that subject, it’s a shame that the monetary support does not often continue past a few years, and then precious time is spent away from the work so that support can be raised, again.
She knows whereof she speaks, it would seem, describing the situation well. Perhaps the article will serve as one more reminder of the needs for the church of God can fill and the mission task it must take more seriously.
One of the reasons why Facebook and other social media can be so valuable is that my brothers in Christ often give me such great ideas there.
One afternoon, I was working on a sermon using 1 Corinthians 4:5 as a text. The apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts.
Years ago, a kind man named Dooley, after teaching the Wednesday evening Jr. High class at church, decided to share with the class some of the misheard hymn lyrics that he remembered. I know he mentioned more than one, but I can't remember the others. The one I do remember is the title for this post: Are you sowing the seed of the king, dumb brother?
It is commendable that one would be aware of those who have left home and family to take the gospel to remote places around the world and the need for God’s blessings on their ministry; but I find myself wondering how God must respond to such generic appeals. Which missionaries? Where? How do you want me to bless them? via God Bless the Missionaries | Splash Everywhere.
Take away the denominational language and theological bugs in this article, then see if this article has something to say to us. Whatcha think?