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Missions: the Passion, the Pain & the Progress

I was recently invited to speak about our ministry experience at a missions conference in Maine. The organizing pastor (a friend of ours) asked me to “tell the real story” of what it is like to be a missionary, rather than the “glory story” that missionaries often feel compelled to tell.

My story begins with a call to missions at 8 years old, through Bible school, then through a season in my home church/home town, before moving to Quebec to learn French, then to Africa to teach, then (due to health reasons) being forced back to Canada, and launching into a new ministry. Our journey has included sickness, burnout, extreme stress, kidnappings, mortal danger, and fatigue. However, it has also been a tremendously rewarding journey which has given us — and our children — a global experience, a heart for the World, experiences we wouldn’t exchange with anyone, and a newfound compassion for others who are suffering and struggling as we have.

If you have up to this point only been following my podcast/blog for its intellectual content, this podcast may be interesting for you. Here is the story behind the ideas that I share.

I hope you enjoy it!

Feel free to post your comments below!

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  1. Thanks for sharing this, Josiah. When I look at your journey, I think there is still something amiss in the relationship between those in missionary/full-time ministry positions and those in the church who aren’t. There’s a them and us element that isolates both parties, and it leads to misunderstandings, isolation, and loneliness. I think it hinges on the necessity of raising support and the effect that has on all of us. Even the apostle Paul struggled with this. And it also I think comes from an idea that those in ministry must be always perfect (we tell ourselves it is not perfection we seek but accountability). When you share the struggles of ministry as you did above, it helps all of us to understand each other better for all of us love our children and our spouses, all of us need friendships, all of us desire to serve God, and all of us sometimes struggle and sometimes fail. Thanks for helping to bridge that gap.

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