Don’t become a missionary

… if you go to the field for these ten reasons. You and I might tweak what she says, because of the writer’s doctrinal stance, 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.

5 thoughts on “Don’t become a missionary

  1. If a man’s personality is such that he cannot get along with brethren in his home country, he should not try to be a missionary. Far too many assume the “big boss” attitude and lord it over the men and women on the field. Sponsors and supporters should watch for the attitude.

  2. If you want to become a missionary in order to see exotic places, gain attention for yourself, or receive an income, you should stay at home.

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