Yes, I know the title sounds like an oxymoron. But in all honesty, it does express how we have been feeling the last couple days. Several of our Member Care colleagues are in various parts of the globe involved in pastoral care to missionaries. We are proud of them, praying for them, and glad they are serving cross-cultural servants. But….we want to be out ministering as well. We also know that the European missionaries assigned to our care are anxious for us to begin ministry with them. In our thoughts we can envision them saying: “Come over to Europe and help us!”
Then this morning in my quiet time I read the following words of Paul, which I will transpose to the plural “our”, rather than Paul’s” I”.
“…always asking in (our) prayers that if it is somehow in God’s will, (we) may now at last succeed in coming to you. For (we) want very much to see you, that (we) may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you, that is to be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith both yours and (ours).” Romans 1:10-12
Perhaps Paul did not experience ministerial jealousy, but he did express a longing to be with European believers in Rome. We also are longing to raise our monthly support and begin full-time ministry. Currently an additional $80 a month will supply 63% of our monthly support, or an additional $640 will supply 70% of our monthly needs, or an additional $? will allow us to begin ministering at 100%. Will you pray with us as we wait on the Lord’s full provision?
After writing Paul’s words in my journal this morning I also wrote:
“Lord, that is our prayer for ministering with the European missionaries! May we be able to begin visiting them soon! Lord, open up your resources invested in your people, to be directed to our support.”