9 I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.
10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Psalms 57:9-10
Many a missionary have gone to the foreign mission field quoting verse nine, and verse ten would sustain them while they were there.
Missionaries – those who travel outside their culture and home countries – wear a lot of hats they normally wouldn’t need to wear while at home.
They are thrust into cultures with teams and other missionaries they only recently met.
They must learn:
- how to shop
- how to negotiate
- how to work with other missions
- what to say and not to say
- how to raise and maintain support
- how to stay encouraged when there is little fruit for their efforts
- and a lot more.
They have to be able to process what they see and hear through their own cultural filters. Plus they have to raise their family while they are doing all of this.
Would you take the time today to pray for a missionary family you know? It takes a lot of work to get to and stay on the field. Then take the time to write them and let them know you’re praying for them. You may be the only person from “home” that’s been in contact with them this week. Yes, they are able to praise the Lord among the nations, but they can’t do it alone.