10 Reasons You Should Be a Missionary

10 Reasons You Should Be a Missionary

10 Reasons You Should Be a Missionary

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Adapted from trotters41.com

See original post by Jonathan Trotter at trotters41.com

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I am constantly bombarding the internet with reasons why people should partake in reaching unreached people groups and fulfilling the Great Commission.

It can often be a tough sell.

There are not many people who are willing to pick up and leave for the mission field. Sure, people want to play their part in global missions from the homestead, but make a home in the 10/40 Window to reach the unreached? That’s a big decision.

Then I stumbled upon this top 10 list. This may just be the answer to draw a few brave souls to work with us at Within Reach Global!

Wherever you end up in your missional calling—at home or on the forefront of the mission field—I pray that this will, in the very least, stir you to pray for and support missionaries in the 10/40 Window.

 

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10. You’ll get to try new things, like typhoid fever and amoebas.

On the bright side, most of the time your illnesses will sound cool. And cool illnesses make people pray more. Note: ulcers aren’t cool. If you get an ulcer, don’t tell anyone.

Oh, and make sure your kids know how great all these new things are too. I was hanging out at an international high school once and overheard a kid say something about a student who was absent. He nonchalantly said, “Oh, he’s not here; he has an amoeba.” I wanted to grab the kid by the collar and say, “You know that’s not a normal sentence, right?”

 

9. You will have friends from countries you didn’t know existed.

Faroe Islands? East Timor? Canada? Living abroad tends to add countries to the map. But consider yourself warned, living abroad also confuses things. For example, I’m no longer sure if a boot is a type of shoe or a part of a car. Is paste something with which you build a house or a sandwich? Is a biscuit breakfast food or dessert? And what about this thing called “a barbie”?

Your kids might be confused too. Our little girl loves the story of the “Ten Leopards.” You know, the one where Jesus healed ten leopards, but only one came back to say “thank you”? Thank you, you wonderful world of missions, for giving our whole family such a linguistic advantage and wide worldview. A worldview in which Jesus cares so much about jungle animals, he sometimes heals ten at a time.

 

8. Your driving skills will “improve.”

Who knew you could survive so well without rearview mirrors, turn signals or lanes? Who knew driving 20mph (or 32kph for those of you who don’t know how to measure stuff correctly) could be so exhilarating. And sometimes, cars on the mission field actually get younger, with fewer miles on them than when they were imported. How cool is that?

 

7. You’ll learn to be grateful for the little things, like cheese.

Older missionaries in my part of the world remember when cheese came to town. Cheese and stop lights apparently arrived at the same time. So if you’re in a part of the world without cheese, extra points for you. And may I recommend you start praying for a stop light?

(I was going to include bacon in this section, but then I remembered we were talking about “the little things.”)

 

 

6. Your bargaining skills will improve… with the police.

The police don’t want to write you a ticket, and you don’t really want to pay a ticket. And everyone knows you didn’t really violate a law anyway. One time, a pot-bellied officer demanded beer money, so naturally I offered Twizzlers. He pondered for a second held, then held up four fingers. I complied and drove off, chuckling as I watched him and three buddies chow down. Apparently, Twizzlers make mouths (and cops) happy.

 

5. You will learn how to complain in multiple languages.

The ability to complain, out loud, in front of other people, without them knowing, is the gift of a lifetime. Just be sure to do a quick perimeter check for possible same-language listeners within earshot.

A hotel worker didn’t do a proper perimeter check once, and I clearly heard him complaining about some rude tourists, “Sure, why don’t they just go sunbathe by the pool. I hope a massive rock falls off the building and smashes their heads.” I made a mental note to self: speak extra nice to that employee. And get a cabana with a roof.

 

4. You’ll always be able to use the excuse, “I’m not from around here.”

When you need to explain why you wear clothes, or why you don’t really care much for fried spiders or bony duck embryos, simply state “I’m not from around here.”

Really though, and I think we all know it already, this one’s most useful during furlough. Can’t figure out the ATM? or the drive through? or Wal-Mart? Just smile, mumble something in another language about massive rocks smashing things, and say “I’m not from around here.” But don’t forget your perimeter check.

 

3. Fashion rules will no longer apply.

You ever seen a missionary? Yeah.

 

2. You’ll get to report to hundreds of people, every month, details about your work, your family, and how you spend your money.

Who needs Dave Ramsey when you have the entire deacon board of multiple churches analyzing your finances? It’s accountability on huge quantities of steroids.

They may ask why you need so much, or why you have to pay for your kids’ education, or why you save for retirement, but at the end of the day, they are paying you to do this thing we call missions. It’s an honor to serve, even when the reports are due, the power’s out, it’s hot season, the spreadsheet’s rebelling, and you can’t figure out how to get that docx into a pdf into an html into a mobile-friendly, print-friendly, e-mail-friendly format. But hey, at least you don’t have to use envelopes.

 

1. You’ll get to experience the raw joy of crossing language barriers, cultural barriers, time zones and comfort zones, simply to invite someone to follow Jesus.

Maybe you preach the gospel straight up, street-corner style. Maybe you serve the sickest and the poorest, touching the folks no one else wants to touch. Maybe you teach English or a vocation, aiming to empower. Maybe you do a thousand things for economies or community health or justice. Whatever you do, there is one Love that draws us all together and pushes us out the door. Every day.

His name is Jesus, and at the end of the day, He is worth it all.

So, why do you think this job is awesome?

If a “Top 10 List” could have 15, what would you add?

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Adapted from trotters41.com

See original post by Jonathan Trotter at trotters41.com

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  • Gabrielle Nicole

    11. Daily showers are a thing of the past.
    So are shower heads and hot water, but that’s all part of the adventure!

    12. FOOD.
    If you love trying new food both mind-blowingly delicious and offensively disgusting, this is the calling for you! Sure, you may have to muscle down a swig of jal jeera or brave a nibble of casu marzu so as not to offend your host, but think of all the divine ohmi-gyu and biryani adventures your taste buds are about to embark on!

    13. Music!
    You may have thought you liked rock, country, or jazz exclusively before you became a missionary- but you now realize that a Tamil worship song whose words you do not understand has the ability to move you to tears, and an Armenian folk song can help you get your dance moves on like never before!

  • TooManyDaves

    14. Unconventional “pets”.
    Who knew there were insects big enough that you could train them to fetch?

    15. “I understood that…”
    Like Capt. America (in The Avengers) and his elation when he gets the reference to “flying monkeys”; you can experience the same thing when a clerk at the grocery store unexpectedly uses a phrase that you recognize.

    16. Secondary Joy.
    That moment when you realize that you can speak and share with the national you’re sitting next to, and you can see their appreciation that you took the time to learn about their language and their culture.