15 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are. Matthew 23:15
The Pharisees, caught up in legal traditions and outward conformance to the law, did not have pure motives when they proselytized the nations. There was no care or compassion for the people in the least. It was about them and not the furtherance of Judaism.
Early in my missionary career, I remember thinking and perhaps only half jokingly stating that missions would be great if it didn’t involve people.
People are messy.
People have problems that we seem ill equipped to solve.
Missions involves thinking outside the box about people’s problems.
Missions is and has always been about people. Even projects that church groups take on foreign soil (construction, medical, educational, etc.) is ultimately about serving the people in country.
Right now you’re probably thinking of some missionaries who are in tough situations, probably brought on by this Covid-19 virus. They need wisdom and a different kind of thinking to continue ministering the same way they’ve been doing prior to February.
Would you pray that God would pour out his wisdom generously on them?
Pray also for your local pastors that they too would follow God’s guidance on ministering during these tough times.