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Me, a Missionary?

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Me, a missionary?

Get real. I am not a doctor, a linguist, a pilot, or even a pastor. Why would God call me? I’m just fine with my social media addiction, TV sports high, my family and friends dinner night of pigging out and my weekly obligation of church attendance. I have raised a family, maintained a good job, and bought a house, a car and golf clubs. I have played my role in church and even volunteered for a short-term mission’s trip. I have done my part.

But what does God say?

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” – Mark 16:15.

This does not look like a calling, but a command.

Oh great! Now, I have to face up to what God has said. Leaving my safe cave scares me spitless. Could I put up with another culture in hot jungles and crowded, dirty cities, while learning another language without my tech toys and safe surroundings? What would my parents, spouse, kids and friends think? Would they be ok with me packing off for the ends of the earth?

Then there is the area of my health. Could I stand up to the change and more physical activity? And don’t get me started the question of funding! Who would pay my bills and how would I get a paycheck? Man! If I had to beg for money, I would be so embarrassed.

If I felt God directing me to ministry, what would my wife think? Would she be willing to wear a black hat, long black shoes and wear her hair in a bun? And how do I even begin to narrow down a country or organization to serve with, let alone be accepted by one that fits my time commitment needs?

Whatever your preconceived notions are when it comes to missions, I’m sure that sacrifice and hardships are near the top. Yet there are an abundance of opportunities and ways to serve God’s Kingdom in missions.

“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:24.

More Than One Kind of Missionary 

I found out that my experience as retailer could be used for Wycliffe International Bible Translators for over thirty years in management and recruitment by helping provide help to many, many missionaries now serving around the world. Praise God.

When I followed through in faith, I found my obstacles fell by the wayside and fears were removed as God provided for mentally, emotionally, physically and financially time and time again.

“Casting all your care upon him; for He careth for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7

And you don’t have to start this journey alone! When you fill out a profile with MissionNext, our staff will help you guide you to the mission agencies that are right for you, as well as offer encouragement, advice, and prayer. Or, check out one of our many forums for a weekend of information and support.

Start your journey today! Check out MissionNext.org to see what God may be doing in your life.

Mike Gallagher spent thirty-six years with Wycliffe Bible Translators and then served with MissionNext until his death in 2021.

Nelson Malwitz, Founder, Chief Innovation Officer

Nelson Malwitz, Founder, Chief Innovation Officer

Nelson is the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. Born in 1946, raised in the C&MA, he attended Urbana ’67 in college. He holds an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in R&D positions in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) and served in many leadership capacities of what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext. Locally he attends a Torah study and is chairman of the sewer commission to serve among unchurched leaders.

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6 thoughts on “Me, a Missionary?”

  1. Mike: To God be all glory! The title of your article caught my attention because THAT is what I was going to name my book, I THINK GOD WANTS ME TO BE A MISSIONARY! In fact, the line item identification for our bookkeeping is MAM!

    We have two things in common: We spent time with Wycliffe in Peru and Brazil in the field of children education. AND now, for 34 year, as Director of Emmaus Road International, an educational resource for missions. We are probably best known for our landmark book on Member Care, SERVING AS SENDERS~TODAY. Its companion book, THE REENTRY TEAM, trains specifically for how to help missionaries come home safely. If you are not familiar with either or both, I will be happy to send you an examination copy for your use as Coordinator of Member Care at MissionNext. Let me know, for His glory! ~~~~NEAL PIROLO http://www.eri.org

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  2. Your articles on Me? A Missionary and How do I Know god is Calling me to Ministry are Excellent! Helped me remember back about 20 years ago when God was “tugging” on me to leave the business world and join His world of ministry. It took a couple of years, but He won (so did I!).

    These articles should be inserted in every church bulletin. One a week. In fact, could I have permission for my church do that?

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