Thursday, September 12, 2013

Missionary quote

Missionaries who think they're going overseas to do a great work for Jesus amuse me. First, we merely participate in the work God is already doing. This is well explained in the book Experiencing God, by Henry Blackaby. Of course, all our friends at home will tell us what a great and wonderful thing we're doing. Then WHAM! We come face-to-face overseas with all our inadequacies and weaknesses. We realize how much we're actually going to have to depend on God to see something accomplished. Many missionaries, when confronted with the reality of living in a foreign culture and the time needed to influence people, simply become discouraged, turn around, and come home. Only when we realize our total dependence on God, wait on him, and work with him do we finally see some beautiful fruit.

1 comment:

Steve and Emma Franklin in Japan said...

Wow, that's right where we are now, trusting the God who led us here to work through us to accomplish His purposes, staying close to Him through His Word, prayer, fellowship, and just plain old hard work learning language. The missions coursework at CCSP, Pioneers, and Compass have helped prepare us. Staying humble before Him and others is helping us stay! Thanks for the preparation and prayers.