What is a Missionary?

Somewhere between saintliness and foolishness we find a curious
creature called a missionary. Missionaries come in assorted sizes,
weights, and colors, but all are sent by one Lord who commanded His
people to evangelize.

Missionaries are found everywhere; going to, lifting up, launching
out, coming from, staying with, bringing around, bearing with, and
standing for. Christians love them, governments tolerate them,
parents pity them, pagans ignore them, and Christ protects them.

A missionary is truth with a broken jeep axle in his hand, beauty
with a sick child in his arms, wisdom with a Bible in its pocket, and
hope with Christ in its heart.

A missionary has the patience of a fisherman, the audacity of a
tightrope walker, and the carefulness of a bookkeeper, the vision of
a dreamer, the strength of a builder, the intelligence of a teacher,
the wit of a humorist, the irresponsibility of a child, and when he
attempts something, he is all prayer.

He likes letters from home, children, preaching, mission recruits,
returning from furloughs, faith promise rallies, tracts, printing
presses, radio stations, translators, mission boxes, airplanes,
villages, Bible studies, cities, correspondence courses, and book
stores. He is not much for high pressure promotion, red tape,
devaluation of the dollar, lukewarm faith, hypocrisy, and
discrimination.

Nobody else is so quick to care, and so slow to give up. Nobody else
gets so much fun out of crocodiles, boiled rice, elephants, pet
cobras, earthquakes, visas, monsoons, droughts, and conversations.

A missionary is an unusual creature: you can send him to a far
country, but you had better not forget him. You can get him out of
your hair, but you had better not get him out of your heart. He is
your servant, your right hand, your dependent. A Bible-preaching, God-
fearing, God-serving, self-sharing bundle of love. When you come to
church with that smug feeling that you are a super Christian, he can
shatter it with simple words, “Come over and help us.”

That, my friend, is what a missionary truly is…

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04887884977787790642 Amrita

    Love this post Nina

  • http://thedomesticfringe.wordpress.com/ thedomesticfringe

    That was a beautiful description!

    Enjoy your weekend.

    -FringeGirl

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08027166810337151938 Kelly Johnson

    Nina,
    What a great post!!!! So true! Love that last line about the smug Christian and the missionary saying,”come over and help us”. Boy, we’ve seen that phrase send people back to their comfort real quick. Do you mind if I copy this?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13682852209195660555 Nina in Portugal

    Not at all Mrs. Kelly…..enjoy it! We also have it translated into Portuguese…if you’re interested.

    Praying for you and for Hope….God is in Control!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07698171137809654840 The Hat Chick

    How touching! Praying for you and your mission….

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04626356258793268006 The Sommer Family

    Glad you all had a wonderful time with your family over the holidays! Hope your new year is off to a great start!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01987206535600023065 Dani Joy

    I re posted some of this over at KJV blog and mentioned you my dear friend!! 😉

    Big hugs!!
    Dani Joy

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