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SO YOU’RE THINKING ABOUT BEING A MISSIONARY

If you are considering becoming a missionary, whether long term or short term, it’s a big step. This decision requires surrendering yourself to follow Jesus Christ, which you probably already know, but what does that really mean?

We all have talents that God has given us, and I’m sure you are burning with desire to use those talents for Him. That’s awesome! But let’s think for a moment what you will do once you arrive on the mission field.

Some missionaries work in their home country. There are many places to share those God given talents and make a difference for the Lord without ever leaving your country, which is good, and also important. But, lets say you’ve decided to go abroad. Maybe the need seems greater, maybe your talents can be better used in another country, and let’s be honest, maybe you even receive some benefits from traveling to a country that is foreign and distant.

One of the first things you need to realize is that every country is going to have its own culture. That may seem exciting, even adventurous at first, and it can be. It can also be difficult. The money is different, which can make simple tasks such as buying a cup of coffee a difficult undertaking. The language may be different, and can tax even the most devoted worker at times. Driving is different, and can leave one feeling exhausted and stressed out. The food and water is different, causing your body to rebel in the most inconvenient ways. Even things as simple as doing dishes, taking a shower or going to the bathroom can be very different and uncomfortable and can wear on a person more and more with each passing day. Do you still think you are interested in being a missionary?

When Jesus walked on this earth, His goal was to show people the way to the Father, to teach them about heaven and salvation. But sometimes He found Himself washing peoples feet or walking for hours on dusty roads, being thirsty or tired, even being awakened during a sound sleep. Sure, He taught Bible studies and shared the Gospel, but He also fed hungry people and stood in the hot sun for hours so that He could share the Gospel with a bunch of free loading lost people who may have wanted nothing more than a free meal.

Lets talk real life. You have a dream. Maybe you want to help enhance the worship experience by using the musical talents that you have been blessed with. But just before you go to choir practice the missionary tells you that you are needed to take children to school, help with dinner or wash some laundry. But you didn’t dream of being a missionary so you could wash laundry. What do you do?

Remember at all times, this is not YOUR ministry. You are a helper, and you are much appreciated, but this ministry began a long time ago, and it will continue a long time after you have returned to the comfort of your home country.

On the mission field you need to be flexible. Remember that you are here to help, to serve in any way that furthers the gospel. So that choir rehearsal may get postponed, or it may not even happen. You may be expected to stand in front of a whole church with no practice. Or you may even be asked to watch children in Sunday School or babysit toddlers completely behind the scene, and not even get to sing at all.

Before you make yourself a burden on the people who are already working tirelessly, year after year, for little or no money or thanks, ask yourself these questions; am I really doing this for the Lord? Am I willing to do whatever is asked of me to take the burden off the full time missionary? Am I willing to suffer, that some might come to know Him?

Are you willing to suffer so that some might come to know our Lord Jesus Christ? If you are in agreement with what is written, and feel that God has called you to the mission field, let’s continue with more information about opportunities to serve!

 

La Roca Ministries in Tijuana Mexico offer hands-on, real training missions for youth and adults.  Are you a college student with a desire of gaining job skills and building your knowledge base?

La Roca Ministries invite students from college, university and seminaries to be unpaid interns. Internship opportunities include administrative projects, building and painting projects, children ministry in our orphanage, multimedia, teaching, and medical internships.

Depending on the skill set you desire to build, you may also design your own internship.  It must be approved by your learning institution and fit within our organizational needs.

All internships must be approved by your accredit educational organization in order to receive educational credit.  Along with your hands-on training we offer Bible study classes to enhance your knowledge of scripture.

If you are not connected to an education institution, but simply want to volunteer your time, let us know.  We are happy to work with you to satisfy your volunteer needs.

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