8 Reasons You Should Never Become a Missionary

by Laura on January 24, 2012

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. {Don’t worry, we thought we would’ve answered yes, but found out that we really had some unhealthy saviour-complexes to begin with. You can read about that here: On Living a Good Story and Not Trying So Hard and The Guy in the Orange Shirt .}

2. Don’t Become a Missionary to Make Yourself Better. My first mission trip was as a middle schooler to Jamaica. I’m not really sure how much good we actually did, but I do remember one of the missionaries we worked with. His name was Craig, and he had some of the biggest glasses I’d ever seen. And the dude talked to everybody about Jesus. Everyone– the pot-smoking Rastafarian in the line, the tourists at the store, the check-out guy at the food stand. And I remember turning one time to another missionary who worked with him and asked what made him so “good” at evangelizing.  The older missionary said, “Craig?  Oh, he didn’t come to Jamaica and become like that. He was already like that in the States.”

And I think Craig with the big glasses dispels the lie that if you move overseas, then you will magically become a superhero Christian. Um, false. What you are here, you’ll be there. And while it’s true that the change of environment can spark growth, it doesn’t mean you’ll go from luke-warm average Christian to Rob-Bell-Cool-On-Fire-Mother-Theresa just because you suddenly find yourself on another continent. Pretty sure it doesn’t work that way.

3. Don’t Become a Missionary if You Think You Have the Answers and the Nationals Don’t. Westerners have clunky shoes.  This is just true. We are loud and obnoxious and, good Lord, arrogant. Our DNA has us descending on other cultures and dictating ways they can “fix” themselves, while throwing money at their problems. I think I’ve learned that every good missionary LISTENS, first. And listens, a lot. {Don’t worry, I suck at this still. You can read about that here, Rich Guy with the Crappy Car or Quiet Heroes.}

4. Don’t Become a Missionary if You Can’t Hack Transition. We’ve been overseas now for less than two years, and we have moved houses three times, taken two major trips, and have gotten close to and then had to say goodbye to over 15 good family friends. People come and go on the mission field. Terms are up and governments change the visa laws. You find a deal on a house or the house you are in has rats. When you sign up for missions, like it or not, realize it or not, you are signing up for a transient lifestyle. {On Moving House, Like A Lot and New Girl both speak to this reality.}

5. Don’t Become a Missionary if You Think You Are Really Pretty Great, Spiritually-Speaking. There’s nothing like moving to a foreign country to reveal all the crap that’s in your heart.  Seriously. I have cussed more, cried more, been more angry, had less faith, been more cynical and, generally speaking, have become in many ways a worser person during my last two years of serving in Asia. Call it culture-shock if you will, but I tend to think the stress of an overseas move thrusts the junk that was conveniently- covered before out into the blazing-hot-open.

6. Don’t Become a Missionary if You Think Living on Support is Cake. It might look easy, but it is most definitely not– this monthly process of holding your breath and praying that you get a full paycheck , while knowing that even that paycheck is based on the kindness of your parents or your friends or the lady you know hardly has two pennies to rub together anyway. And then, when you do have a little money, you stress about how you should spend it —  Should I treat myself to a coffee? Do the kids really need to go to the pool today? Should I buy the more reliable scooter or the used one that will {probably?} be just fine?

And then, and then, shudder, there’s that awkward process of asking for it in the first place and feeling like you are annoying-the-heck out of the same people, who happen to be the only people you know  — like that pushy lady selling Tupperware down the street.

The whole thing might be great for your faith, but it can sure be a killer on your . . .  heart, finances, sense of self-worth, savings, relationships, budget, fun, and freedom.

7. Don’t Become a Missionary if You Aren’t Willing to Change. Flexibility is more important than I ever thought it would be in an overseas life. So is humility, actually. Unfortunately, neither of these qualities is naturally at the top of my Character-I.Q. However, I have learned that the more determined you are to stick to your original plan– regarding ministry or living situation or friendships or organizations or personal growth– the more painful it is when that plan changes, and change it most definitely will. It’s the ones who humbly hold things loosely that I think can go the distance with far less collateral damage.

8. Don’t Become a Missionary to Find Cool Friends. Now, I’m not saying you won’t find amazing friends– maybe the best in your life– but there is no denying that the mission field can draw some pretty odd ducks. {Of which, I, of course, am not one. See #7 regarding my natural humility.} Don’t be surprised, though, if you find yourself in a church service with ladies wearing clothes from the 80’s singing praise songs from your middle-school years like Awesome God, but without even the drums. Don’t be surprised, too, if your social interactions are awkward at best with many of your fellow mission-souls. Living out the in jungles for twenty years might do wonders for your character and strength and important things, like, oh, the translation of the Bible into another language, but it can sure do a number on a person’s ability to shoot the breeze in a church lobby somewhere.

But, there, again, maybe there’s a necessary shifting that has to happen to your definition of cool, anyway.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christine-Ashton/682395281 Christine Ashton

    Don’t go be a missionary to look for a husband or wife. So many of the missionaries in Korea when I was there were so dead-set on dating people. Many of those relationships were quick failures. There were some people who did find nice partners, but that was maybe slightly less than half.

    • http://www.lauraparkerblog.com/ Laura Parker

      Yes!! That’s a great one and sooo true!

      Thanks for stopping in!

  • Theodore Jedlicka

    I found this blog post on google – it was really funny to read, and super true. I definitely appreciate your openness – I have been on the mission field for 4 years and totally agree with your points. Ditto on the swearing thing – living in the US I had thought that I was much further along than I realized. What you wrote about living on support really hit the nail on the head – I have totally seen God come through many many times, and yet – it is often a heart wrenching thing to have to raise support and (sometimes) watch people drop off for trivial reasons.

    If I had to add anything, I would say “Dont become a missionary to get away from something”

    I have met a lot of people that have come to the mission field to get away from their addictions, character flaws, or even just their families. Others wanted to get away from the ‘hypocrites’ in church – still others to get away from americans and america itself. Its funny but when you run from things like these, they tend to follow you – I wish I had a dollar for every creepy american ex-pat or tourist that has come up to me speaking english and wanting to shoot the breeze because they have no one else to talk to (which wouldnt be so bad if it werent for their 18 year old trophy wife, or worse when they ask me about sex tourism info – I wish I had the grace to share the Gospel with them.. if i write much more this will turn into a rant)

  • Mercy Robinson

    I was looking up missionary myths for a paper I’m writing on missionaries and I stumbled upon this blog…I skimmed the first few lines of it and then my eye caught on your cover photo with the Thai on it. And I gapsed because I’ve lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand for 15 years. Then I saw your family picture and realized that I know the writer of this blog! My younger sister Glory Joy is friends with your daughter. :) And I remember you doing chapel for homeschool co-op. I thought that was cool. I’m currently in Dallas at college so I just thought I’d say hi!

    • http://www.lauraparkerblog.com/ Laura Parker

      Hi Mercy!

      I totally remember your family! So cool that you are in college now. Are you liking it? Thanks for reaching out and saying hello! Give your family my love!

  • http://twitter.com/mrsbigtopp mrs bigtopp

    Just found this post. I love it.
    We are 6months into our first term in SE Asia… I know right… just when the poop hits the squatty potty and you find yourself crying over the taste of bread and the colour of oranges. (they really SHOULD be orange right?!)
    If I would add to the list. I would write something about… ” dont become a missionary because you want to escape Western culture”
    We found ourselves (when preparing to go) thinking along these lines. We also found ourselves having many convo’s with others preparing to go who were thinking the same thing (in varying degrees) We wanted so bad to get away from the bauty themed brithday parties for 6yr olds and stuff like that. We felt that the grass was more righteous on the other side of the fence.
    I am so thankful that God led our family to this destination – not out of love for the culture, location or people (so much) as the love for His love. We are here because we are commanded, becuase the love of Christ compells us.
    To find yourself in a culture that is suddenly not exciting anymore, where the people have gone from friendly to intrusive and the signs of transition are starting to show in your kids – i find it is amazing how much I appreciate my home culture. It feels like my home culture. I wish I had’ve stopped in Aust (my home) and thanked God for ordaining my birth in that culture, I wish I had’ve praised His name at the Opera house and marvelled at His glory in our beaches.
    Piggy-backing on that is “dont become a missionary to start your own church – the RIGHT way” It is easy in Western churches to be discouraged and disillusioned with church.
    Thanks for writing!

    • http://www.lauraparkerblog.com/ Laura Parker

      These are great additions . . . love the reminder that becoming a missionary should never be an escape from anything . . . YES.
      Hang in there– that first year is brutal . . .

      but, promise, you’ll be stronger for it.

      Lots of love to you and yours,

      Laura

  • Kelsey

    I LOVE this post. Love it. Especially the last one. You said what so many missionaries are thinking. Ha! Can we say, awkward?

    I just stumbled upon your blog but I appreciate your honesty. It’s refreshing. :)

    http://cantrallperu.blogspot.com

    • http://www.lauraparkerblog.com/ Laura Parker

      Yay! Glad you are here. :)

      Thanks for your kind words . . .

  • Abigail

    I seriously have to disagree with you here buddy. I’m 15 and I’ve been to Haiti before. I also know with full assurance that when I’ve graduated college I’m going to be a missionary. Of course all of your reasons why you shouldn’t be a missionary are valid(in a way), but they can’t be considered reasons to just not do it. They’re hardships and they’re something you have to deal with but that doesn’t mean that because of them you just shouldn’t go out into the world and try and show those who reside in rural countries with no electricity (let alone paper to make bibles) and show them the light of God. That’s why you become a missionary; because its Gods will and because seeing a little Haitian boy tell his dying mother about his new friend Jesus is one of the things you only dream will be your blessing to see.

    • http://www.lauraparkerblog.com/ Laura Parker

      Abigail,

      Thanks for your heart for missions. I love it when God uses international work to speak and spur others into Kingdom-living.
      Perhaps you misunderstood much of the tone of the post in that it was sarcastic in many lights and quite tongue-in-cheek. Also, please know that the writers here have years and decades of international experience– definitely something worth listening to and considering. :)
      Love your passion! All the best,

      Laura

  • Kristi

    I love this! So very true. I just sold my home and everything and left my job to be in missions full time. I will be teaching sustainable living techniques, which include raised garden beds as well as aquaponics. I just had a conversation today with a friend about #6. I have been involved in missions since I was 8 and at the age of 38 am finally getting the opportunity to go full time again. Let the support-raising begin…awkward as it is…

  • http://www.facebook.com/randy.corbin.73 Randy Corbin

    Okay so I’m looking on Google trying to find ways of funding me and my family to become permanent missionaries in Africa. All I’ve got to say is you are 100% correct! My first trip to Africa, in 2004, was an eye opener. I was in a small village on the North Bank in The Gambia. Yes they lived in grass huts and it was just like you see in missionary photos. I thought I had the answers to all of their problems. I got the chance to sit down with the village elder. The entire village was Christian but I wanted to see if they had found faith. Remember I’m the know it all American at this point. I ask “Have you found faith in God since you were saved”. The older man smiled at me, not wanting to hurt my feelings, and said “If God does not provide everything then we die”. He was not speaking figuratively either. I had not stopped to consider the fact that if it didn’t rain on their crops they would starve. If they got sick and God didn’t heal then they died. No matter what their smallest need was it had to come from God or they didn’t get it. I can teach them so much on how to improve their lives through farming and better use what God has given them. Perhaps too, if they have the patients to teach me, I can learn more to have the faith that they have. Me, my wife and two children are ready, willing and able to go to Africa and spend the rest of our lives serving even if it means living in grass huts. We want to give our lives to them sharing Jesus and we also want to learn all they are willing to teach us. Since my first trip I’ve gone back many times to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo. I want my next trip to be a one way ticket. If you want to help get rid of me and my family give us a one way ticket. God bless all who have gone before us and join us in the mission field. Maybe you are not called to go into the mission field but if you are supporting missionaries then know that the work we do could not be done without you. God bless all of you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/randy.corbin.73 Randy Corbin

    Let me add reason number 9. Don’t become a missionary to get support for your cause. You will fight for every penny you can get and even your “friends” in your own denominations will not be behind you. It’s just you and God doing little things to help people. You will never have enough to give all you want to nor will people support you but take heart in knowing this fact. “IF” God has called you into the mission field then it is because He knew you could handle the job. Do you know what support is in the mission field? It is a wooden pole that holds up your roof and that will break and let you down. If you want to know what support is then think of yourself living on the moon with no communications and no ship to go back to the earth. Now imagine you’re running out of food, water and almost out of oxygen. You look back at the big blue earth expecting to see a ship coming to your rescue and then you see something coming. You guessed it. It is an asteroid and it smashes what little food and water you have left. That’s what support is like in the mission field. Are you sure you want to become a missionary?

  • http://twitter.com/NikoleHahn Nikole Hahn

    Good stuff!

  • Polis

    The same applies if instead of MISSIONARY you use PASTOR.

  • http://hiswonderfuldeeds.blogspot.com/ Debbie Crawford

    As a missionary for almost two years now I could definitely relate to a few of these.

  • sherylobryan

    Don’t be a missionary if you ever want to go home again. Your world will change. Home will feel foreign. Foreign will feel more familiar.

    Don’t be a missionary if you want your kids to fit with your passport country’s definition of patriotism. Learn what God has to say about when a nation is exalted (Proverbs 14:34).

    I could keep going but that’s enough for now. Thanks for this great post!

  • Lori

    Don’t become a missionary if you think for a minute that the “team” you are joining on the field isn’t dealing with one or many of the above issues (or worse), which may collide painfully against the personal issues you bring to the field with you, whether knowingly or not.

    • http://www.lauraparkerblog.com/ Laura Parker

      Ouch, but YES . . so true.

  • Kristi

    Laura, Nothing to add just wanted you to know how immensely enjoyed reading this post. I received the link in an email from my grandmother, who received it from her missionary friend and just posted (yesterday) it to my FB account for a few of our fellow missionary friends. We have been “officially” deployed overseas for five months now but have been displaced from our home for seventeen months.

    Anyways, wanted to let you know I enjoyed your post.

  • http://sukofamily.org/ Caleb

    And of course, don’t become a missionary because you like exotic foods and traveling the world! Thanks for the great post!

  • Kimberly

    I love the honesty here. What a blessing!

  • Crystal Pennington

    “Don’t become a missionary because you think America is screwed up and some other country isn’t quite so bad.” Every country has its sins and there is not one single culture that measures up to Christ. Disappointment, frustration and uncertainty are never foreigners.

  • bb

    Thank you for this blog post. I have two comments. You mention Rob Bell and Mother Theresa off hand. PLEASE don’t go by their theologies! Rob Bell thinks everyone will go to heaven no matter what, and Mother Theresa’s Roman Catholic beliefs say that Mary is a co-redeemer with Jesus. The Bible says that God loves us, but He will send people to hell if they have not received His Son as their Savior, and that could NEVER happen through Mary. I hope that you are not teaching or being influenced by such false doctrines and telling those you are ministering to about those doctrines. Please do NOT do this. Do the research and check on your doctrine. That can be the source of the heart issues you discuss as well. I am doing the same now in preparation for going overseas. I am taking a course called Sonship from World Harvest Mission. It will challenge you and correct your doctrine of the gospel which is the central message of Christianity for Christians and non-believers. My second comment is that though you feel, and I feel, so very inadequate, God still uses us. Even though we are arrogant, rude, and overbearing westerners, God still uses us. He uses us in spite of ourselves. Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world. Remember there is also a constant, invisible battle between Satan and God for the souls of mankind! Thank you for this blog, I will be thinking on your comments especially about being transient and service. Thank you again.

  • Caitt Crocker

    Im almost 15. I strongly feel a calling on my life to be a missionary. But i havent had the chance to go on a mission trip just yet. I wanna be able to help people and spread the gospel.

  • Jarrod

    “Don’t become a missionary if you can’t laugh at yourself!” – My wife and I have made so many blunders in Hungary we can’t even count them. Some really good ones regarding language like telling people we are gay or cursing and having no clue that we said it.
    Thanks for the fun read!

  • muchonice

    Laura, this is the second post of yours that I have read, and both have been an encouragement to me and my wife. We are serving in Ecuador, and it’s nice to know we’re pretty normal, at least as normal as strange people get. Anyway, I would add “Don’t be a missionary if you want a great experience for your kids”. Not that they don’t have a great experience, but let’s face it – a lot of it is just brutal. They pretty much hate it, almost as bad as I do some days. Probably worse because they didn’t get to pick this life. And on top of that are the co-workers who constantly imply that you’re not fit for ministry because your kid doesn’t want to eat his rice and mystery meat that everyone else seems to enjoy, or that he pitched a fit at the worst possible moment. Anyway, I’m guessing you know exactly what I’m talking about. I have faith that it will turn out well in the end for our son, but getting there is a long haul.
    I might also add “Don’t become a missionary because it seems like an interesting career change” because I’ve met a few missionaries who did it for that reason, and that reason is just not enough to get you through all the junk that you have to go through to get to the field, let alone to stay there and have a meaningful ministry.

  • Niki Ferguson

    Thank you for this list!! I am 30 years old and am just now coming to a full relationship with God. I am looking at a 4 month trip to Thailand and searched “how to be a missionary”. Haha! Because I am thinking through things like, how do I pay for my condo while I’m gone? Thanks for putting up these honest thoughts.

  • Sandra Daniels

    We left the US 11 years ago and moved to Kenya. There’s a saying, “If it bugs you in America, it will elephant you in Africa.” You’re right; small, hidden, character issues become GIANT wooly mammoth uglies once you move overseas.

    • http://www.lauraparkerblog.com/ Laura Parker

      Oh my– i love this!! SOOOO right on. I am sharing this on our other blog fb page for missionaries– http://www.alifeoverseas.com . Thanks, Sandra!

  • Zac Dredge

    So I think the word ‘never’ is a bit excessive, as people change and God is always at work in our hearts, but I get what you’re saying. I think ‘8 questions you should be able to answer before becoming a missionary’ would be more reasonable. I honestly have no idea what I should do to serve God, which is why I’m not already doing mission work. I went on a two week expedition to the Philippines and really enjoyed being able to help out a young Christian school that needed assistance in order to get qualified for government funding. Sometimes you can encourage people just by being willing to be there. That was really rewarding but I don’t claim to have what it takes to do that full time. Just hard when you feel a lack of direction in your life and as much as doing something this drastic might seem appealing I have no idea whether that’s what God has planned for me. I don’t know anything; he does, and I am having a hard time discerning his wisdom. You can say ‘don’t go do mission work unless you’ve fulfilled x,y and z’ all you like, but I’m really getting tired of feeling like my prayer is in vain. Stuck in the same rut I seem to have spent most of my life in and I just want something I can do that will honour God, but I end up running round in circles. Don’t want to do anything foolish, just want to do *something*, and am really looking for a good way to force myself out of my comfort zone.

  • Tracie

    I just found your post and i enjoyed reading it. Even though you’ve only been on the field for a few years and are a newby in that sense, you have grasped and communicated very well some really important points. Well done! I’m going on ten years and not so much a newby anymore. But I was once, and you’re totally right, being a missionary has done a number on my faith. I no longer feel at home in my “home” country. I can no longer hold a regular conversation with anyone, except those who have been with me from the beginning. Every time I travel back “home” it gets harder and harder to chat with people, unless we just talk about them. I’ve learned to always just let people talk about themselves. I also find it awkward to have conversations in English, I forget words all the time. I won’t even get started on support raising! What’s helped me is to hold my faith, ministry and life overseas with open hands, flexibility is and always will be so important for a missionary. I have to humbly let Him change me and I’m more thankful for His grace now than ever because as times goes on, I realize how little I deserve it. Thanks that by his grace we are saved.

  • anonymous

    Don’t become a missionary if you have children or plan to have children. It is not fair or right.
    Some of the potential issues your children will face will probably include: identity problems (unsure where is ‘home’), difficulty staying in one place after a lifetime of moving around, difficulty building relationships.

    I do not know any happy and balanced adults who began life as missionary kids. Just many many others like me.
    I am not comfortable staying in one town for too long. This has effectively severed any chances of college or a career for me. I developed anorexia before puberty and believe that financial stress and loneliness were the main factors in this. I am now in my early 20s staring down a vastly abreviated life expectancy. I have acquaintances across the globe and literally not a single friend.
    I wonder who I might have been if I had grown up in a stable home. One where groceries were easily affordable and needing was not a source of guilt, home stayed still, and I was not just the new kid with a funny accent everywhere I went.

    I will die young and alone and have no way to make sense of my life. Please do not attempt to raise children on the mission field.

  • Leo

    Great blog. I live in Ireland and recently I have been burdened to be a “full time missionary” here in my own country. Between the North and South of this beautiful country there are approximately 6.2 million people and only around 1% are born again,followers of Christ. The harvest is plentiful here.
    So I would add to the list:

    Before you leave your own country, be sure the Lord has called you to where you are going. Remember there is a mission field around you.
    Looking forward to reading more from your blog.

  • amandathompson79

    Don’t fall for the lie that helping other people with their issues will bring purpose and healing to yours.

  • kathy

    John 13-16 (KJV) no servant is above his master.
    Matthew 16-24 Then Jesus said unto his disciples ” if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me”.
    I too am wanting to become a missionary. I know this in my heart. I came across this blog while doing a search on becoming a missionary. I feel if God has called you to do his work, surely it will not be easy and maybe not as rewarding (your rewards will be in heaven), or glamorous as one may perceive it to be. (For the devil comes to kill, steal, and destroy. And you don’t think that you would not be fighting against those forces?) If any work that I do in the name of God is easy, then I question myself, “what’s wrong? Why isn’t the devil trying to fight back”?

    God bless

  • Jason Bourne

    It always amazes me why missionaries need to go to some far-away exotic distant land to spread the Gospel; because I bet you there are people within the city they live that could use some help or knowledge.

    • http://8bitnerds.com/ Dave

      When the missionary lives in the country, it’s not exotic. It’s normal.

      When people visit me from the States, I find that they are amazed at things that I got over within 3 months of living here.

      Also, if God leads a person to a place that is not their home, then who are we to argue with God?

  • cucakhijau

    The shoes picture was taken in, let me guess, Indonesia?

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  • John Cook

    Thanks Laura for your honesty and insight. I am third generation working in ministry overseas and your spot on, and appreciate your candor. If I may, I would like to share some of your thoughts in a Missions class I will be teaching in Dec. of this year. Blessings, and maybe Ill see you and your family in your neck of the woods sometime. Blessings John

  • vanessa

    You don’t have to go on long trip if you are a missionary. Short mission trips can be a blessing too. And some will have the ministry and the heart of a missionary. Those missionary’s that sacrifice there life and time are a blessing to this world from Christ.

  • Jonathan Moore

    Being a missionary means making sacrifice to your life style, and it isn’t about you or the things you expecting, but it is more about serving God and try to bring people who don’t know about Christ to be save. I went on a mission trip to Haiti and it was quite adventurous and exciting. I would love to do it as a living

  • Rebecca Christian

    I’m pretty sure there are over a million negative reasons NOT to be a missionary however if your love of Jesus is true it doesn’t matter the circumstance seeing as how he shed his blood to save us. That’s just my belief

  • joy

    how do you find funding? I have been all over the internet, I have contacted 3 organizations that just wont work with what we are being called to do. Please contact me 763.232.0487 or joymichelle100@hotmail.com

    • http://www.lauraparkerblog.com Laura

      Hi Joy– We use an org out of Colorado called New Horizons Foundation. They do the accounting for smaller projects/missionaries. They are great– totally check them out! http://www.newhorizonsfoundation.net . Hope that helps!

  • terexa

    i want to become a mssionary, but i dont know how i do. iam fraid,i just want to follow god to server every body. my dream is go to every where to server people.

  • Mikayla Carruth

    Wanted to thank you for this insight that you allowed Christ to speak through you. I accepted Christ almost ten years ago and at age 13, He called me to a life of service. It’s now my senior year, I’m flooded with a million different emotions and decisions, and somewhere in the middle of it all, I still feel that call. But you’re post was a needed reminder: why do I want to serve? The answers can get so easily altered if my focus shifts. At the moment, I’m not entirely sure how or when this service overseas will happen … but that’s the best part. In time, He’ll guide me to exactly where I’m supposed to be. And, if His will, He will get me there. Until then, He’s shown me the immediate service right around me within my own community. Thank you for your willingness to serve for His glory and thank you for your words. God Bless!

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