Me, a missionary?
Get real. I am not a doctor, a linguist, a pilot, or even a pastor. Why would God call me? I’m just fine with my social media addiction, TV sports high, my family and friends dinner night of pigging out and my weekly obligation of church attendance. I have raised a family, maintained a good job, and bought a house, a car and golf clubs. I have played my role in church and even volunteered for a short-term mission’s trip. I have done my part.
But what does God say?
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” – Mark 16:15.
This does not look like a calling, but a command.
Oh great! Now, I have to face up to what God has said. Leaving my safe cave scares me spitless. Could I put up with another culture in hot jungles or crowded, dirty cities, while learning another language without my tech toys and safe surroundings? What would my parents, spouse, kids and friends think? Would my wife be willing to adjust to a different culture? Would they be okay with me packing off for the ends of the earth?
Then there is the area of my health. Could I adjust to the climate change and more intense physical activity that might be needed? And don’t get me started on the question of funding! Who would pay my bills and how would I get a paycheck? Man! If I had to beg for money, I would be so embarrassed. And how do I even begin to narrow down a country or an organization I could serve with, let alone find something that fits my time commitment needs?
Whatever your preconceived notions are when it comes to missions, I’m sure that sacrifice and hardships are near the top. Yet there is an abundance of opportunities and ways to serve God’s Kingdom in missions.
“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:24.
More Than One Kind of Missionary
I found out that my experience as a retailer could be used for at Wycliffe International Bible Translators
. I served for over thirty years in management and recruitment by providing help to many, many individuals who are now serving as missionaries around the world. Praise God!
When I followed through in faith, I found that my obstacles fell by the wayside and fears were removed as God provided for me mentally, emotionally, physically and financially time and time again.
“Casting all your care upon him; for He careth for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7
And you don’t have to start this journey alone! When you fill out a profile with MissionNext, our staff will help guide you to the mission agencies that have opportunities that are right for you. They will also offer encouragement, advice, and prayer.
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