How missions benefit missionaries
The general view of missionary work is that the missionary goes to a land to teach people the Gospel of Christ while helping them with essential needs. So, people who have never been on a mission trip think it is a great and noble sacrifice for the sake of others.
Missionary distribution of food and clothing.
Missionary building projects for churches and private homes.
However, it is a well known fact in the missions community that the “others” are not the only ones helped. When church groups come back from a foreign culture, the look of joy and wonderment on their faces does not come from the blessings they bestowed on the natives. It comes from the blessings the natives bestowed upon them.
They stole my heart!
I still remember a young lady giving a report to the church about a mission trip to Mexico. She held the microphone for quite a few seconds, and after she regained her composure, she simply said, “Those children stole my heart.”
In the book, From Woodstock To Eternity, Dustin Morgan and his wife Lisa go on a mission trip to the island of Granada. Having come out of a hectic lifestyle in which he thought Christianity would be boring, he was amazed to witness the Gospel in action.
Grenada is a purging, cleansing experience. Dustin and Lisa feel like the mission trip is doing more for them than they are doing for the people. Every evening, members of their team gather on one of the street corners, play their guitars, and sing praises to the Lord. Morgan’s heart warms him from the inside as he basks in the confidence that he is right where he needs to be.
While they are singing, many locals gather around to listen or join in, clapping along in their rhythmical, island beat. Suddenly, Pastor Terry steps out in the open air and starts to proclaim a message about the saving power of Jesus. They are having a revival right here in the middle of the street! A couple of local islanders raise their hand to get saved and walk up to the Pastor. He lays his hands on their heads and they bow in prayer. Dustin whispers in Lisa’s ear,
“I tell you what, I never would have seen anything like this in my old days. I feel like we are experiencing something that has been going on for centuries. I bet people felt the same Spirit when George Whitefield was preaching in the colonies, or even when Paul was on Mars Hill in Athens. I had no idea being a Christian would be anything like this.
You can see how this would impact Dustin and Lisa’s faith. They saw Jesus in action. They witnessed the Holy Spirit move and change people’s lives. They shared the joy with people from a different culture, making them all brothers and sisters in the Lord.
This experience greatly influenced Dustin and Lisa, but years later, when they had children, they did the same thing together as a family. And guess what? The little children stole their hearts away.