This is a difficult question most of the time because of our own worldviews and teachings . Missionaries at one time were generally considered those that travelled to distant lands at great sacrifice to themselves and family. They faced disease and cultures that were violent towards them risking their own lives for the sake of the Gospel.
This view is not my own as I was blessed to be loved by and encouraged by missionaries in the DTES (Downtown Eastside) of vancouver. These missionaries showed me love and compassion and discipled me and encouraged me in my own walk with Christ. Some were from Union Gospel Mission,Servants to Asia's Urban Poor, Salvation Army and many others.
Then there is the fact that as Christians are we not all called to be missionaries ?
The definition in dictionary.com is this
"When looking back on the lives of men and women of God, the tendency is to say, “What wonderfully keen and intelligent wisdom they had, and how perfectly they understood all that God wanted!” But the keen and intelligent mind behind them was the mind of God, not human wisdom at all. We give credit to human wisdom when we should give credit to the divine guidance of God being exhibited through childlike people who were “foolish” enough to trust God’s wisdom and His supernatural equipment."
MY definition of missionary.... a fool for Christ
I pray that I can continue to be "foolish "enough to trust in Him in everything I do
I pray that our lives are missional in every moment of every day and our love instilled in us by Him overflows to those He brings into our lives
God bless kevin
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, "
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