Saturday, February 27, 2010

Another Part Of Missionary Life

When people think about someone who is a missionary they normally think about what that person does in the country they live in, which is usually not their country of origin. However, one necessary part of missionary life takes place away from where the missionary normally works. This is the part of missionary life that has to do with connecting with ministry partners and raising financial support.

Currently I am nearing the end of a three week trip in the USA where I have been doing a bit of traveling to speak in churches, visit with supporters, friends, and family, and I also attended some meetings at RHEMA USA in Tulsa, OK. My time in the USA is always enjoyable and I try to make the most of it. It is important to connect with and thank the people who support me in the work that I do in Germany and Europe and it is also good to look for opportunities to talk with other people who may be interested in what I am doing.

One thing I find over and over again is that people are excited about what God is doing around the world. It is good for everyone to have a vision for reaching the world and when I can tell others about how God is changing people's lives through the work I am involved in it can help in this process. For the people who currently support me it is great to have the chance to share with them about what they are helping me to do.

While I am in the USA there is a lot of traveling and visiting with people to talk about what I do, but this is just another part of life as a missionary. I certainly look forward to my returning to Germany next week but having the opportunity to let people know about all of the good things that God is doing around the world is also very enjoyable for me.