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.

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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.

Stan Mitchell honors Roy Palmer

In his Forthright Magazine column, FHU prof Stan Mitchell, who grew up in Zimbabwe, writes about missionary Roy Palmer.

He always had an idea; he was always dreaming a dream.

Not all of his dreams worked out. Men he trusted disappointed him. Not everyone saw his vision as clearly as he. Often they scoffed at his ideas. He made mistakes, even enemies. His body grew old. But never his ideas.

God give us more dreamers like him.

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