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How a Missionary Makes a Difference

June 06, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 195

Everyone who goes into chooses missionary work as their vocation, either part time or full time, is aware of the sacrifice. Sometimes, beyond knowing that God has called you, it can be helpful to know how your sacrifice is actually making a difference. Following are a few ways that missionaries make a real and lasting difference in the lives of those they come into contact with.

Spiritual

One of the main goals of missionary service is to help people understand God's love and develop a personal relationship with God. Missionaries can think of themselves as ambassadors for the kingdom of God. By living amongst a people, learning their culture and customs, and sharing in their struggles and joys, you help them understand what Jesus did for mankind. The greatest way any of us can help anyone else is by helping them understand God's great love for them. This is the highest calling of a missionary.

Physical

Much of mission work is in response to a specific need, such as disaster relief after an earthquake, hurricane or other natural disaster. Because missionaries do not take sides in times of war, they are often on the front lines helping the needy of both sides. The differences missionaries make in these emergency situations are often a matter of life and death.

Educational

In third world countries education is only a dream for many. Education is also one of the most powerful tools for changing the quality of life for these people. Missionaries have been instrumental in increasing the literacy of certain populations. Missionaries that open schools and teach even the simple basics of reading, writing and mathematics dramatically change the lives of those they are ministering to.

Vocational

Many missions offer life skills and vocational training to the people they serve. Teaching a vocation, like farming, sewing, carpentry or craft making, can change the economic outlook for those learning the skill. In countries with very limited job opportunities these skills give people a higher chance of economic stability and success.

As a missionary you will likely provide some or all of these services to the people you serve. Knowing that your giving has made a difference in the lives of others is one of the things that makes the life of a missionary such a fulfilling and rewarding one. As a missionary you have the chance to change cycles of poverty, ignorance and suffering that have been in place for centuries.

Your giving and serving will likely inspire others to do the same.

John A Sinclaire is a writer and researcher for non-profit organizations such as The Family International. Dedicated to sharing a message of God's love around the world The family international missionaries are engaged in a wide range of humanitarian efforts in over 90 countries. For more information go to: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/

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