The second false notion is that Missionary Women are super-spiritual people. We all praise great Missionary Women such as Anne Judson, Amy Carmichael, Mary Slessor, Gladys Alyward, and my friend, Mary Baker. We think of their self-denying spirits and their spirituality. Although these women seemed to be almost super-spiritual to most of us, in general, most Missionary Women are women of like passions and discouragements as other Christian women.
A Missionary Woman is a woman who has been called by God to a full-time ministry of the Word and prayer. She is one who has crossed geographical or cultural boundaries to help minister in areas of the world where Jesus Christ is largely unknown.
The Missionary Woman:
- Acknowledges God’s call on her life.
- Allows the Holy Spirit to guide her and completely surrenders to His leadings.
- Serves the Lord with a pure heart and is willing to deny herself.
The Missionary Woman realizes that the missionary call comes once in her lifetime, but she also understands that she must allow the Holy Spirit to guide her throughout her whole life. Not only must she be spiritually in tune to the Holy Spirit’s leadings and totally surrendered to His will, she must serve the Lord with pure heart. When she serves the Lord with a pure heart, she will be willing to deny herself.
During deputation, she will be tested many times in the area of self-denial. Circumstances that she might face raising support and asking help from others might be difficult. Although she might have to stay in some undesirable places and do some strange things that might force her out of her comfort zone, she will make new friends, acquire more prayer partners, and be able to witness to more people during this period of her life. Facing difficult circumstances during deputation will help prepare the missionary woman for challenging times that she might encounter on the field.
Many times a Missionary Woman becomes fearful. She begins to think with “what ifs”. “What if” we fail as missionaries? “What if” we can’t raise enough support? “What if” my children can’t adjust or get sick? “What if” I can’t learn the language and learn the customs of the people? The list could go on forever. It is not until she realizes that she will be going in the strength of the Lord and not in her own strength, that God will give her victory over her fears. The Lord will give the Missionary Woman everything that she needs for the task He has set before her.
Psalms 124:8 Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
Psalms 71:16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.
Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,