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What do missionaries wish they had known before they first went?

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Do you wonder what people might ask a missionary? If so, this is one of the top 10 questions asked on AskAMissionary.com: “What do missionaries wish they had known before they first went?” Click the button to read this article with answers from missionaries.

 

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This article addresses the question, “What do missionaries wish they had known before they first went?” Several missionaries answer this question. Read answers from missionaries who are serving cross-culturally with varying years of experience on the mission field around the world. Below are some of the missionaries’ first responses.
Click on the button to read the article for their tips and words of wisdom based on their experiences. This article is good for those supporting missionaries, those curious about serving as a missionary, and those who are preparing to serve on cross-cultural missions.

“I wish I’d known how amazing it was going to be!”

Answer from Scott in Peru, who has served with iProjects in Cuba and Peru for five years.

“I wish I had known how difficult missions really is.”

Answer from Tim, who has served for twenty-five years with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Cameroon and the United States.

“I wish I had had more realistic expectations.”

Answer from Mike, who served ten years in West Africa and North Africa on a Bible translation team with WEC International.

“I wish I had known more about myself and being patient.”

Answer from Bethany, who is serving in the Middle East with the Assemblies of God.

“I wish I’d realized the importance of pre-field training.”

Answer from Jennifer, serving in Mali.

“I wish I had known about language learning and missionary relationships.”

Answer from Mike in West Africa, who is translating the Bible with WEC International.

“I wish I had learned about spiritual warfare.”

Answer from Tim, who has served twenty-five years with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Cameroon and the United States.

“I wish I knew how to deal with conflict.”

Answer from Paul, who served in Uganda and Rwanda for two years.

“I wish I had known that we would be nearly forgotten by those who had been closest to us.”

Answer from Sharon, who has served as an independent missionary in Thailand for four years.

“I’m glad I didn’t know beforehand what I would later find out.”

Answer from Rena, who has served with Baptist Mid-Missions in Brazil for 40 years.

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