Living cross-culturally, planting churches, feeding the poor, advocating for women and children at risk, educating potential national leaders, administrating the field work, discovering new language groups and starting the life-long process of translating scripture into this new language, keeping up with supporters ‘back home’, making sure one’s kids are being educated, etc. only begins to scratch the surface of describing the missionary life. We hear about them at our church’s mission conference and in the occasional newsletter or missionary blog. But what are the things left unsaid that we really need to hear from our missionaries?
Jeanni and I have dedicated our lives to coming along side these unsung heroes of the faith to debrief, mentor, train, and counsel them through life’s ups and downs. The list below is quite accurate in describing the many stories we hear… and even our own unspoken heart cries at times.
1. THEY DON’T HAVE THE TIME OR ENERGY TO WRITE…BUT THEY DO IT FOR YOU.
2. FACEBOOK “LIKES” DON’T PAY THE BILLS.
3. THEY ASK FOR MONEY BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO CHOICE.
4. YOU’LL NEVER HEAR ABOUT THEIR WORST DAYS.
5. THEY NEED A VACATION…BUT WON’T TELL YOU IF THEY TAKE ONE.
6. HOSTING TEAMS IS A NIGHTMARE.
7. “GOING HOME” IS A LOT OF WORK.
8. IT’S EASY FOR GOD TO TAKE A BACK SEAT IN THEIR LIFE.
9. IT’S HARD TO TRUST PEOPLE.
10. THEY ARE LONELY.
The categories listed above can be read in full at this link: 10 Things Missionaries Won’t Tell You, by Adam Mosley