My goal and purpose for this blog is to show you what it is really like to be a missionary. For many people in America and in first-world countries, the foreign mission field is so far away and so difficult to imagine. Praying for missionaries can also be difficult, and at times, it can become a routine. Many times, missionaries become a list of names of people you don't even know. Keep praying for those names! Missionaries desperately need people to bring their names before the Lord in prayer. But isn't it easier to pray for someone when you know what they are going through and when you know what their lives entail from day to day? That is my heart's desire for this blog--to bring you close to your missionaries!
At first, I thought I would only record the mountain-top experiences and the many blessings that come with this calling. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that that is not a complete picture of the mission field. Sometimes there are inconveniences. Sometimes there are struggles and trials. Sometimes you pour your whole heart and life into someone, hoping and praying that they will live for God, but they turn their back and walk away for the pleasures of this world. It hurts like a knife in your chest. I know because I have been there many times over. And you learn like Paul to gladly spend and be spent for the people you love. (II Corinthians 12:15) Is not this what Christ did and still does for us, unworthy as we are?
So my heart's desire and burden is to give you a close-up, real life picture of the mission field. It all boils down to your attitude, and how you look at things. We can always find blessings in the inconveniences of life and even in the trials if we purpose to look for them. It also boils down to a steadfast determination to stick it out and be faithful to the One Who has called us according to His purpose. And let me say that the blessings far outweigh the trials, and the good times far outweigh the bad. My dad was right: Being a missionary is the greatest thing on earth!
So come step into my shoes for a little while and take a peek into the life of this missionary wife . . . I pray that God will make this blog a blessing and an encouragement to all who read it.