What it takes to serve as a missionary, part 2

Panama City

By Glenn Herschberger, Converge Director of Mobilization

My wife Susan and I served in Panama City, Panama, as Converge missionaries and church planters with the A2:5 English-speaking focus among internationals.

There were some really good things I took away from our time there.

     1.  Being a missionary is learning the depths of faith.
 While on the field, I had to cry out to God in faith just about every single day. I am so grateful we have Scripture to remind us to walk in faith. Hebrews 11:6: “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” I am back in the States with a greater sense of God’s faithfulness and the faith he gives me daily. I am learning the layers of faith in my journey.

      2.  Being a missionary is learning contentment.
We learn from Paul that contentment in hard things does not come naturally for people, but has to be learned and comes from God´s power alone. Our human nature is not naturally content in all circumstances. I had to learn to be filled with joy, contentment and delight in Jesus every day. I am still learning a deeper level of contentment. I am no longer satisfied with the stuff of what the world says I should be or have.

      3. Being a missionary is depending upon God in his provision.
From the time we answered the call to become missionaries, we had to depend upon God to raise our support, to sell our home, to comfort our children as we left them behind in the USA. Once on the field, we had to depend upon God to build his church, connect us with internationals, continue to maintain and raise support even when we had shortfalls. To this day we continue to depend upon God for his provision.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:7-8, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. I now ask God with greater assurance of his provision.

       4. Being a missionary is the best thing I have ever experienced. 
Being a missionary is hard work. But I have learned so much about God; I have learned so much about myself. I have learned so much about cultures of different countries and the beauty that is the worldwide church. I am learning how much more I need to depend upon God for my contentment, faith and his provision. We are grateful to have had this opportunity to serve and learn how to be on mission for God in a foreign field.

    Point - September 2018

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