Every time I read a literature book for my school work, I have to do an essay about what I learned. So, I figured I could hit two birds with one stone, by writing an essay and posting a blog. Henry Martyn said,
“The Spirit of Christ is the Spirit of missions and the nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.”
The change in people’s hearts and lives after they receive Christ is tremendous. In the book that I read for my missions’ course, I learned about a missionary couple called the Beekmans. This was a family of six, who worked as Wycliffe translators during the 1950’s and 60’s for the Chol Indians in Chiapas, Mexico. When the Beekmans first came to “Amado Nirvo,” (the Chol village where they felt called to work), the inhabitants who lived there were ruled by fear, death, and witchcraft. By the time the Beekmans moved on to other callings about ten years later, the village was totally transformed. There were no longer practicing witch doctors, the village boys were trained and sent to other villages to preach the Gospel, and the church of the Chol was growing rapidly.
Being a missionary myself, I know the challenges of learning new languages and cultures. Because of that, I have a great respect for the Beekmans because they were determined to understand the Chols’ culture in order to advance God’s kingdom.
Sacrifice is a word that often makes us cringe, but at times, some sacrifices need to be made so our relationships with God can grow.
There are many times in our lives where God will ask us to sacrifice for Him.
However, make sure you don’t get sacrifice mixed up with hardship. Hardship is when things go wrong and tragedy happens. I don’t believe God authors hardship, but He does call us to face it with courage and trust. Facing hardship gives you experience, and a testimony, but it can be heartbreaking.
The Beekmans willingly sacrificed their comforts and faced hardship as well. Their watched their first child die from a severe illness. They were often cursed by a witch doctor. They missed their family back in the states, and they contracted multiple illnesses due to the lack of sanitary resources.
Despite these trials, I believe their treasures in heaven were growing exponentially. For my family as missionaries, we have also sacrificed a lot of things. We have learned to eat different types of food, we have faced cultural and language differences, and we often miss friends and family from back home. It helps us to always remember our promise of the treasure of heaven.
The need for missionaries is huge! There are 7000 people groups (2.9 billion people!) who have never heard the gospel. We obviously need more missionaries; lost souls need people who will say, “yes.” When I grow up, I want to be a missionary in the 10-40 window.
Because Luke 10:2 (NASB) says, “And He was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few…” I speak for all the missionaries at our base, when I ask you to pray for us, and for more laborers (or missionaries) to come to our base. “Therefore, beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the Harvest..”