A dear friend of mine is an Assemblies of God missionary to Mexico and a writer. That’s how we met – through our writings.
Early in the new year, Ilona wrote a post that stuck to my heart like a burr. She told about being stateside to visit with family over the holidays and the emotional upheaval of returning to the mission field afterward.
She wrote “…we saw our parents cry, hugged college kids goodbye, listened to the lamentations of our children as we flew away, and are re-adjusting to life in our host country after having re-adjusted a few weeks ago to stateside living.” (to read Ilona’s entire post, visit her at Inky Spot .)
I’m not sure we really consider what a missionary gives up to follow the call of the Lord in their lives. They leave their families, their English-speaking friends, their familiar culture and their place in the pew where they are being fed spiritually.
Now, they become the ones doing the feeding, often with no emotional support of family or close friends. They have to adjust to a different culture where things aren’t done the way they’re used to. And often they have to learn a different language. On top of that many of them face uncertainties and political unrest in the countries where they work.
I want to challenge you to make Fridays (and every other day too) a Missionary prayer day. Place your missionary prayer cards where you can see them. Bring each of them before the Lord in prayer by name and ask God to meet their specific needs. Many of them have websites where you can visit and see what specific things they need from God. Visit their sites, get to know them like family and make their needs a prayer priority. See my post from yesterday to see what other things you can do for them as well!
Our missionaries are God’s hands and feet in other places where we might never have the opportunity to go. But we can be part of the support system they need.
Have a prayer-full day today!