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8 Reasons You Should Never Become a Missionary

***None of this is original.  I took it all from the Laura Parker Blog (here).  I hope she doesn’t mind.***

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1. Don’t Become a Missionary if You Think You Are Going to Change the World. First, high expectations doom to disappoint, but, also, maybe your desire to change the world is trumping your desire to serve. Ask yourself if you would be happy moving overseas to a much harsher environment in order to quietly help a local, while getting no recognition and seeing no fruit in the process. If you can answer honestly yes, then maybe you’re still in the running. {Don’t worry, we thought we would’ve answered yes, but found out that we really had some unhealthy saviour-complexes to begin with. You can read about that here: On Living a Good Story and Not Trying So Hard and The Guy in the Orange Shirt.}

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Prayer Letter – October 2013

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And the word of the day is… Persevere

You might be surprised to hear “persevere” never showed up as the secret word in any of Pee-Wee’s shows.

It has certainly been the “word of the day” lately for us, though.  In fact, just this weekend, three unconnected people all shared that exact same message with me.

1.  On Saturday, I went to my friend Adi’s wedding.  There, Sorin sat down, and he said, “You know, I have a story for you.”  He then began to tell me about a work Brad Hayes (who founded and works with Outstretched Hands of Romania, a ministry in the nearby town of Călăraşi) was leading.  “They had a small children’s meeting,” Sorin continued.  “They did little things, like teaching the kids to brush their teeth, obey their parents, and about Jesus.  One kid was very naughty, but he kept coming to the meetings.  He was there for three years, but he never wanted to go to church or pray or become a Christian.  But he was there at every meeting for three years.  One day, a bad flood came to the village, though it was far from any rivers, and many houses were in danger.  The people started turning to God.”  Sorin went on to tell me how after the flood, the boy and his family all became Christians, and they’ve been steadily growing since then.  “But he was faithful for three years even though that boy never got any better.  And then God blessed him.”

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It was… interesting today.

Today was an interesting day.  It seems every Sunday ends up being interesting over here, but today was more so than usual.

First, I joined my friend and ministry partner Alex at the local LDS chapel (I have no idea if “chapel” is the right word or not).  Alex and I aren’t Mormons, so I should probably explain this.  A few weeks ago, Alex had met a couple of missionaries while he was out sharing the gospel.  Rather than debating them or challenging them concerning the unbiblical doctrines of the LDS (which is more Alex’s natural style), he felt called to simply share his testimony with them, his story of deliverance from drugs, life-threatening disease, and a life of crime.  The two were so struck by his story that they came to church with him the next Sunday.  Later, they invited him to join them for their monthly “testimony Sunday” where the pulpit was open for anyone to share.  Of course, Alex can’t turn down any chance to share his testimony, even if it means going to an LDS meeting.

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