Posted by: Laura | September 3, 2013

An Old Missionary Story

A father waited anxiously as his child made his last preparations for leaving home.  His father would miss him terribly.  Of course, they would talk every day, but it still wouldn’t be the same.  He just liked being able to talk with his son face to face.  The father agreed with his son’s decision to go as a missionary and supported him whole heartedly.  But still, there was an ache in the father’s heart.  The time he would have to wait until he would see his son again would seem like an eternity.  But even worse, there was the chance that they would be forever separated.  With tears in his eyes the father said good-bye to his son and sent him away to a people far away who desperately needed someone to give them hope.  It wasn’t easy for the son either.  He had always been with his family.  Now he would be far, far away.   He was used to all the best technology and scientific knowledge.  But the place he was going was light-years behind in all departments.  It would be dirty and smelly.  The people were poor and uneducated.  Would he experience culture shock?  He knew that there would be huge culture differences.  But the son had decided long ago that he was interested in this tiny group of people destined to despair and misery.  It was a sacrifice to go there, but it was worth it.  They were worth it.  They needed help and there was no one else who could go.  The son didn’t hesitate.  But even so, it was an emotion-filled departure as the Father bid farewell at the gate of heaven to His beloved Son who was starting off on His missionary journey to planet earth.

What greater example can we follow?  Missionaries and their parents are in the company of God himself.   What a comfort this can bring us.


Responses

  1. We all miss you Laura but I am so thankful that you are willing to do what the Lord has called you to do.

    Love,

    Carol

  2. Thanks for the communication. I faithfully read each one.
    Prayers and blessings for your work so far away. God blesses you and your mission to those he loves.


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