Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Life of a Missionary in One Word

It happens so often.

We are asked what it is like to be a missionary.

It's difficult to explain actually. Oh, not because we are confused about the work and ministry of missions. It's just that what we do cannot be so easily summed up in a quick, passing conversation.

But I think we have done it.

Several BMWs submitted pictures to try to help us all see what it is like to be a missionary.

Come join us as we show you...


Missions isn't just feet.

It's hands.



It's hands that comfort and cuddle the sick, the weak, and the helpless.

    





It's hands that bake...

Cookies...


And muffins... 


Birthdays...


And baby showers.


It's hands that chop...


Hands that roll...



And hands that fill soup bowls.


Missions is hands that dig...


And hands that garden.


Hands that sort...


And hands that can.


It's hands that stuff envelopes.


It's hands labeling tracts.


It's hands that give invitations...


 


And hands that give Bible verses.


It's hands that give flowers...


And hands that give the Gospel.


Being a missionary is hands that help...



And hands that heal.



It's hands that encourage a spouse to keep on preaching.


It's hands that hold a steering wheel for hours.


It's hands that glue...


And staple...


And organize...


It's hands that strum...


And make beautiful music...


It's hands that play...


And hands that work...


And build...


And teach...




And snuggle up with a book...



It's writing hands...

Thank You cards...



Hands practicing a language...




And hands speaking a language.


It's hands that plan...


And hands that design.


A missionary is hands that create...


And hands that operate.


It's hands that wash...


And wash...



And wash...




It's hands that serve and share a cup...



And it's hands that pray.



Ultimately, the life of a missionary is hands that point the way.


It's hands that pack and go...


Hands that take hold of the hands of others and help them navigate the road of life...


It's grabbing a walking stick, hitting the path, and leading the way for a people God has called you to.


It's hands that reach out...


Hands that love.




There is no greater demonstration of what the life of a missionary is than the nail scarred Hands that not only willingly went to the cross, but they were the same hands that picked up a basin and a towel to wash feet... 

What is it like to be a missionary?
Well...

It's hands.

"And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it."
Psalm 90:17

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(Thank you to all who contributed pictures for this post.
Your hands are treasured.)

by Charity, Southern Asia


6 comments:

Susan Abbett said...

Wow, just wow. One of my favorite posts yet. I'm crying into my keyboard. Thank you so much for saying what we can't!

Joyful said...

Wow! What a great post! What a wonderful way to illustrate what a missionary does. Fantastic ending too for it shows the end result of what a missionary is trying to demonstrate; how much God loved us. So he sent his only begotten Son to die and bear the suffering for our sins. Blessings.x

Lou Ann Keiser said...

Terrific! Loved the emphasis that everything is for God--even washing clothes, stapling, homeschooling, and hugging. YES!

Jen Bauer said...

This was wonderful. Thank you!

Bingham said...

Beautifully written!/

Dawn said...

What a beautiful post. This really sums it up. I may not be a missionary, but I have a heart for missionaries and I'm so thankful for each one. Thank you, dear missionaries, for being the hands of Jesus.