As you prepare to venture out to serve overseas, you may face thoughts and reactions like these, challenging you outside the limited surroundings you may have grown up in.
There it was again: the culture clash.
Yeah, I understand that you don’t like surprise changes in plans, I mentally retorted to my son.
Perhaps, like me, your gut sinks like a stone over the events of the last few weeks–precipitated by issues centuries old, accentuated by the deaths of people named Ahmaud. Breonna. George. In lieu of online services, my husband and I have led “home church” with our kids about racial discrimination. I’ve talked with beleagured police families, with brown friends.
As a person looking overseas, how have you personally responded to a nation exploding in anger and riots? (Here’s a helpful perspective from The Gospel Coalition: “Oh, God, Make Us Angry.”)
You know the traditional missionary stereotype, don’t you? Cue the slideshows, the table of artifacts, the altar call.
To be the missionary you’ve heard about, you might go to seminary, then Africa, then preach to people in the jungle.