When missionaries are off overseas, people at home sometimes put them on a pedestal. Its only when they come home again that we realise that missionaries are just ordinary people with foibles and weaknesses just like everybody else. Missionaries face many of the same challenges wherever they are in the world. Eddie Arthur gives some great tips on how to pray that they will not be lead into temptation.
And lead us not into temptation
However, missionaries and other Christian workers do have a slice of issues that are a bit more specific to their roles.The biggest problem is confusing service for God and a relationship with God. It is desperately easy for Christian workers to allow their work and study to replace regular devotional time with God.
It is also true that the loneliness, isolation and stress which can be part of missionary life can reduce people’s ability to resist temptation. Those normal everyday temptations to pride, anger, lust or what-have-you can become much sharper when you are a long way from home and going through culture shock.
So, if you pray for missionaries: pray that they would not allow their work to take the place of their Lord and that they would be strong to resist temptation in all its forms.‘
*Eddie is the executive director of Wycliffe in the UK. He is married to Sue, a translation consultant, and has two grown up sons. Originally from the north of England, Eddie and Sue met in Bath and worked for many years in Ivory Coast. They are now based in High Wycombe.