I find this blog very interesting & ironic, because you’ve given me the impression of being very respectable.
Jamie Wright writes a great blog called The Very Worst Missionary. It’s a big help to anyone who has missionaries on a pedestal. Here’s a guest post I recently did for her blog:
So read on:
I’m almost 53 – an age where you’d think I’d be enjoying some respectability. But frankly, I’ve always thought respectability is overrated. And Jamie’s blog bolsters this belief. She’s becoming the Rodney Dangerfield of missions, and I for one appreciate it.
Missions is a messy business. I’m going to issue a challenge to other missions executives like myself to “out themselves” with their stories that show that they, too, have had their “very worst missionary moments.” I personally have a great many to choose from. Here’s one from a mission trip to Mexico in 1993 with my friend John Rose, now a famous and almost respectable pastor:
Our group stayed at “Friends of Mexico” in the center of Galeana, a quaint mountain town. During our time there, someone told us about a primitive village above the tree line that needed food. We loaded up the group and trooped off to the mountains to minister.
This happened almost 20 years ago, and yesterday John recalled the incident: “My mind has been branded forever with this image. When I die, I will not see images of the birth of my children, the first kiss with my wife, nor of Maui, Baja, or the time my son hit a home run to win a game in little league. My last thought on earth will be of trying to wash and scrub all that pig slobber off my face when I discovered the source of his food supply.”
Relieved at his blatant show of foolish behavior, I joined him. The concert finally ended and, after having destroyed years of missiological witness, still laughing, we beat the rest of the group to the truck, pausing along the way in a goat field to pick up chunks of goat dung and throw them at one another.
This month, we’re celebrating our 90,000th missionary to go into the field. I like to think of it as 90,000 attempts at greatness. Some have failed, some have succeeded. Most have been messy.
One thing I’ve learned is that we’re all a mess. When John and I were rolling around laughing at the service, I didn’t realize that the real mess was inside me. After over 20 years of realizing my own brokenness, I’ve come to grips with the fact that God loves to work with messy people. It’s really all he has to work with.
In celebration of their 90,000th (!!!) missionary, AIM is having a sale – yup, a missions trip sale – with discounts on trips all over the world – check it out, here!
I’m not sure whether were going for this or not, but this might be my favorite posts…..
Missionaries are definitely a messed up bunch!
I like to think of myself as one really cracked pot…..the more cracks the more room for God to work!
HILLARIOUS (and makes me feel better about so many stupid-funny things I’ve done and got in to!)
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