Please note missionaries struggle with anger, bitterness, depression, discouragement, disillusionment, and temptation of all kinds-just as anyone does.
In our missiology class we learned the 10 misconceptions people have of missionaries: the first one being that missionaries are “super-spiritual.” Super-spiritual? Really? I can only speak for myself and the missionaries that make up the Mission; none of us qualify for super-spiritual.
Every one of those struggles the author mentioned above I have felt. Unfortunately my responses to these have qualified me more for “super-sinner.” Little by little through different wrong responses I can see God working in me sanctification…more Christ-likeness. God’s work in us is a process. For me, I sometimes move two steps back instead of forward. Kim Abernathy continues:
But then there is God’s beautiful mercy and the revealing of the true condition of our hearts through His Spirit.
Thanking God for his mercy today.