And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
Everyone has heard of missionaries. People who leave their homes and travel to foreign, and many times, dangerous lands to face hardship, hostile natives and repressive governments. Missionaries often live in third world countries, working with the poorest of the poor. They place themselves and oftentimes their families at risk of catching exotic illnesses or even being hurt or killed by criminals.
Why do they do it? Why not just serve God and preach the gospel in the safe confines of their native countries? Why face the prejudice and sometimes outright hatred that may be directed towards them by the very people who they are trying to “save”?
Some missionaries dedicate their entire lives to serving the Lord through preaching the gospel in different countries. Others go on one or two missions that can last a week, a month or even a few years. Each are led by the Holy Spirit to fulfill their calling into the mission field.
Not everyone is cut out to deal with the heat, or the cold, or of the many other multitude of discomforts required to fill this labor of love. It really is a calling.
Ask God if serving on a mission is right for you. The spiritual blessings are many but it is also a lot of work.
The big question a prospective missionary needs to ask him or herself is: are you ready?