Mission Work is Dangerous!

Mission work is dangerous; no joke it really is. Thanks to facebook I know many saw this photo from my first week as a missionary where I am enjoying the beach and a beverage.

Domincan Republic - Regional Missionary Retreat

Domincan Republic – Regional Missionary Retreat

 

Mission work certainly looks easy there. However take a look at me now, in a cast.

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While working with the kids in La Victoria (playing tag, very hard work) I tripped and got hurt. The doctor says I tore the ligament in my ankle and I’ve been in a cast for 2 weeks now. Thankfully the cast comes off at the end of the week. Those kids really hurt me! Before coming to the mission field everyone should be warned of the dangers!

All joking aside the mission field really can be dangerous. Not in terms of safety and my physical body but the mission field is dangerous to my pride. Over and over again I find myself being made a fool. I find my knowledge turning into a lack of knowledge. I am humbled every day of my life here. And this is a good thing. For it is only when I am brought to my knees in humility that I sit at the foot of the Cross receiving what I need from my Lord and Savior.

At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:25-30, ESV)

Mission work is dangerous but only for the devil. On the mission field I am stripped of my pride, one of the devil’s greatest tools in pulling me away from Christ. The people that we serve here who once lived in darkness in the grasp of the devil are being brought into the light of Christ. So we boldly proclaim “Devil, look out and stand back, for missions are dangerous and God’s mission is happening here!”

2 thoughts on “Mission Work is Dangerous!

  1. Caitlin,

    Thanks so much for explaining the dangers and how it is dangerous to our sinful pride as well as to Satan. My pride gets in the way too and I often choose to study Spanish by myself where my pride doesn’t seem to get in the way. Learning by hearing and pronouncing is slowly getting better, but I still need much quiet time to study.

    Thanks also for quoting Mt. 11:25-30. No one knows the Son of God! The one who came in the flesh, was seen with our eyes (Peter writes), and touched, no one knows Him! I think that gives comfort to those who want to be known or whose pride drives them to show themselves worthy to or for others. If no one knows Him, how can it be important for people to know me? The point is to help them know of God through Jesus revelation in the Word, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Thanks be to God for showing us His glory in weakness and the mysteries of His love.

    In Christ,
    Justin

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