Truth or Dare
Growing up in the 80's I remember a couple of occasions when I was too little to play, but big enough to observe the older girls at a birthday party play a game called Truth or Dare. The jist of the game was that one at a time, each participant had to truthfully answer a hard question or evade the hard question by performing some daring feat her peers created.
Missionary Truth or Dare
The missionary version is a little different. It is for Truth that we dare do the things we do. The love of Christ constrains us, propels us, emboldens us to dare to take the life changing Truth of salvation and sanctification to those who are without it.
- For Truth we dare sell all and move to an unknown place and culture.
- For Truth we dare to blunder our way through learning a second, third or fourth language.
- For Truth we dare to live Christ and share Him in often hostile environments.
- For Truth we dare to remove our children from their birth culture, place them in a new culture and watch as they grow up enjoying “the best of both worlds” but never really feeling at home in either.
- For Truth we dare distance ourselves from family. And though we wouldn't have it any other way, this is especially hard on us and our children on birthdays, holidays and in case of family emergencies.
- For Truth we dare to leave our adult children in the States surrounded by those who do not completely understand them as they begin their college experiences.
Will you dare?
Will you dare to pray for your missionary family today? Pray that
- They will have comfort in the confidence of God's direction and his will for them to be serving Him where He has placed them.
- That cultural differences will not be a hindrance to their ministry.
- That obstacles to the Gospel would be removed and that God will give them fruit for their labors.
- That their children will embrace the benefits of being third culture kids and not rebel against God's plan for them.
- That they will have grace and comfort on the days it is hard to be so far removed from family.
Jane Coley has a good article today: Lessons from an Empty Nest describing the missionary's empty nest and the struggle we all face because we have dared to answer Truth's call. I dare you to read it!
Your prayers on behalf of your missionaries are a great blessing. Please do not neglect to hold them up before the Lord and encourage them as you are able.
Have you read my post 10 Creative Ways to Support Your Missionary? Find that and other missions articles here.