What Is a Missionary Like?
Missionaries are a diverse group and include people from all cultures and walks of life. At WIM you will find full-time missionaries who get their support from churches and individuals, part-time volunteer missionaries, part- and full-time paid employees, short-term missionaries, and volunteers. The really amazing thing is that God gets His work done through all types of people with different abilities and different levels of commitment.
A Missionary is Like YOU!
Missionaries are human. They are just like other Christians, and face the same temptations and triumphs as those who labor for the Lord at home. If you cannot serve God at home, you will not want to serve Him under the difficult conditions of missionary life. Missionaries often spend much of their time doing physical work and only a very small portion of their work doing spiritual ministry. This is probably how your mission experience will be. Missionary work often requires years spent clearing the land, preparing the soil, watering, and planting seeds before significant fruit is seen.
Are There Cross-Cultural Ministry Issues?
Yes. Despite being born and raised in the United States, Navajos have some definite cultural traits that make working with them different than working with people in the mainstream American culture. Also, there are certain cultural beliefs and practices that you should be aware of.
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