By Derek Elles
Praying for Missionaries
Today we will touch on the missionary’s social life, which is especially important when away for long periods of time.
As many missionaries come from the States, many people think they represent the wealth of the country, and so missionaries are thought of as mini banks. The US dollars has more value than currency of other countries, so everyone tries to be nice to them. But is this true friendship? Many people come asking for money, to practice or learn English, to build houses, and many other things just because they think of money.
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Everyone wants to ride with them, talk with them, invite them, but not everybody has a real interest in them as a person; they just want to be seen with them as it makes them feel important. Being seen with them at times seems more important their message, which is the primary purpose of a missionary; sharing the Gospel of Christ through actions as well as in teaching the Word.
The battle with emotions, finances, and ministry worsens when combined with social struggles. When friends and family back home are not in touch, the missionary can become depressed from social isolation. With a lack of true social bonding away from home, a call, a text, or an email becomes vitally important, and without them, the frustration just grows.
As missionaries leave their friends and families and try to make new, meaningful relationships amid the barriers of cultural and language and their perceived financial status affects their social life, pray that your missionaries
- Understand and respect the culture that is the mission field
- Have language fluency – people nice enough to help and be patient
- Remain focused on the positive things in the culture
- Be surrounded by good people
- Build honest and meaningful relationships
- Be bold in Christ outside of their comfort zone
- Have friends and family at home that stay in touch
Write a letter, email, call, or text your missionary friend asking about this and just listen with understanding, laugh, and cry with them in the love of our Lord and Savior.
Until next week. Blessings in Yahweh’s grace, mercy, and peace.