Doing all three for Jesus.
What do you think is the most important thing you should do before becoming a missionary?
Should you focus on learning the Bible, church planting, doctrine, mission theology, or cooking from scratch?
Maybe it is experience you think you need, so you start a bus route, do a backyard Bible Club, and move into the church to be with the pastor all the time–because we all know pastors live at church.
Of course, culture shock might be your biggest concern. Therefore, you study other people groups, eat new foods, and start turning your air conditioner off during the day.
Can I tell you that everything we did to prepare tor living on the foreign mission field has blessed and benefited me in numerous ways. Yet, the one thing I did before coming to the foreign mission field, which has been the most helpful, is not specific to the foreign field, or even being a missionary.
I learned to be comfortable talking about Jesus-especially, with those who are uncomfortable hearing me talk about Him. It really never gets old to tell people how much He loves me, to thank Him for loving me, or to praise His name. In the same way I enjoy bragging on my husband and my kids, I enjoy bragging on my Saviour.
The concept of a God who loves me and did something for me is foreign to many of the people I talk to over here. They have no frame of reference for that kind of God, and I love to be the one to start building it for them.
Who can you share Him with today? Maybe someone who has never heard the name of Jesus, will hear His name first from your lips. Maybe a fellow Christian is hurting, and you can remind them of our Good Shepherd. Then again, maybe you are the one who needs to hear how much He loves you.
Today, be bold and gracious, and talk to someone about Jesus! Then do it again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next…
Hi! My name is Rachael and I am a child of God. I was saved from sin and all its bondage at the age of 21.