What Missionaries Ought to Know about Suffering

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What Missionaries Ought to know… does not mean that the author sat down and decided what missionaries ought to know, but that missionaries themselves asked about these topics. During the author’s 35 years of college teaching he learned that if one person asks a question, others probably want to know the same thing—and if two people ask, it was certainly a topic that others need to know about. These are things missionaries need to know because several missionaries have asked about each of them at one time or another.

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Resource Description


As you think about some of your fellow missionaries, you realize that many of them are suffering greatly.

  • One man has been in constant physical pain for years because of a problem with his back.
  • A woman had a small fortune when she came to serve, but poor financial decisions by friends back home have left her virtually penniless.
  • One couple worries constantly about their wayward son who is living as a street person back in their passport country.
  • Another couple receives many heart-rending e-mails from their daughter living with a man to whom she is not married.
  • Yet another couple cannot forgive themselves because their teenage daughter was molested by a national years ago.
  • After nearly two decades of service, a missionary family sees its influence nearly wiped out when a cult comes in.

The list could go on and on.  How could it be that faithful missionaries could suffer so much physically, emotionally, financially, and so forth?  They have been faithful in their service.  It seems like God just does not care.  Where is God anyway?  God rewards his children, doesn’t he?  Does he keep his promises?


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