Spotlight on Missions, Part 4

What does it mean to be a long-term missionary overseas?

I used to think it meant living in the jungle eating bugs. Ewww and eww.

But that isn’t it. Well, except for some. Being a missionary overseas means doing what God has called you to do in another country. You can be a teacher overseas, a librarian, a counselor, a contractor, a sports director; you can work in an orphanage, a college, a community center. And, of course, you can be a pastor, a preacher, an evangelist. Some missionaries go to remote areas where the people speak languages that have no Bible. They learn the language and then translate God’s word for those people  so they can have it. Others go to countries where openly talking about Christ is illegal, so they serve the people in other ways, showing them Jesus while working alongside them.

Whatever it is that you want to do, you can do it overseas. Maybe you go over as a businessman or woman rather than a “missionary.” You don’t need the title to be able to be a light in the darkness.

Living overseas has so many advantages. You get to experience other cultures, you get to see God work in ways you’ve never imagined, you get to meet amazing people. There are many sacrifices involved in leaving the known for the unknown, but the blessings you receive from making that move are so incredibly worth it.

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