The cost of living as a missionary

Searcy, Ark., (LP) — In the world, there are seven point three billion people; two point three of them are christian and seven hundred and forty-eight of them are evangelical christian.  Three billion people out of the entire population are

living in places that have yet to be reached by missionaries, and one point six billion of them are completely unevangelized.  For ministries such as Global Media Outreach, Advancing Native Missions, and Bible League International, their goal is to find ways through social networks, funds, and training to influence people who live in places that can’t necessarily be attained by missionaries and evangelists.  Global Media Outreach uses technology to get through to the places that missionaries aren’t able to travel to.  Majority of the ministries raise funds in order to provide mission teams with the resources needed in specific areas such as bibles and/or equipment for travel.  According to many websites, the life of a missionary is neither easy nor without stress.

Doug Compton; local traveling minister.

Traveling preacher, Doug Compton, expanded on the idea that his life as a missionary can be difficult.  “Travel sounds fun, until you spend most of your time on the road and miss family events.  I am gone 3-4 nights a week, serving.  There are longer trips.  Many times I’ll be gone 7-10 days.”  Though hard at times, Compton advises anyone thinking along the lines of becoming a missionary to push through and never look back.  A Searcy Senior, Chris Cossitt, has always dreamt of becoming a traveling minister.  Though he believes the career could be demanding and may worry his family, he has confidence that it would be a fulfilling lifestyle.  “My deep love for others and my desire to travel has inspired me to become a missionary.”

Typically, most people would agree that a minister’s goal is to seek out those who don’t know God and council them, however, ninety percent of foreign missionaries work among people who have already discovered God.  Of foreign mission funding: eighty-seven percent goes for work among those already Christian, while only one percent goes for work among those who are unreached.   Ministries are working diligently on altering those numbers, and spreading the truth everywhere that they can.  Bible League International provides local churches in six different regions with bibles, resources, and training.  Their goal is to equip under-resourced churches with the right tools to serve their communities with the gospel.

In order to succeed as a minister, whether locally or on the road, Doug encourages potential missionaries to stay in the middle of God’s will and to do what they can to serve.  According to another missionary, Adam Graham, it is also vital that you learn the languages of the people you are visiting and stay in their home if at all possible.  Doug enjoys sharing Jesus wherever he goes and seeing the truth take ahold of whomever he shares with.  “One particular time was in Ecuador. I was sharing in a remote village.  All week I had been working and teaching English to the kids and striving to help them hear truth.  The last day we had a village wide service.  A man in the back of the hut came forward.  He looked mad, but he was wanting a piece of paper. He drew out the illustration I had shared with the kids.  He began crying and said he wanted to know Jesus. Such a great time!”  Overall, the life of a traveling preacher is not easy, and being in a foreign place may offer a few scary situations.  As claimed by most ministers, the lifestyle is hard but well worth the difficulty.  “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15

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