The missionary has many hats to wear during their missions journey. He/She fulfills many different roles. It is an honor and a joy to serve the KING OF ALL KINGS!
“If a commission by an earthly king is considered a honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?” David Livingston
Last week, we visited a home group in the north of the country. They are very poor and for a time lived without electricity. They have an outhouse for a bathroom. They struggled for many years, especially after losing their house to a bad loan deal.
We have known this particular family for around 15 years. I remember when the teenagers today were new born babies.
Throughout those years we have had cameras and then smartphones to take pictures of this precious gypsy family and their friends. Many times we were the only ones to “document” their life events. When a baby was born, we would all be excited and take pictures with the family. Now, when we visit them they ask for pictures of those life events that they “missed” because they did not have a camera.
“God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s provision.” Hudson Taylor
I began to think this week how missionaries are historians, photographers, and writers. They are people that throughout history, whether Thomas Hudson in 19th century China or David Livingston 200 years ago in Africa, were trailblazers. They went were no “white man” had been before.
“I’d rather be in the heart of Africa in the will of God, than on the throne of England, out of the will of God.” David Livingston
Though our world has become a lot “smaller” since then, the population of the world has actually gone from under 1 billion in 1800 to over 7 billion today, the missionaries of today are still very much trailblazers. YOU have the opportunity to introduce JESUS to someone for the first time!
Will you blaze the trail?
“If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.” David Livingston