The Glamour of Mission Work

Truman Scott, pictured here teaching our faculty and staff at a SIBI retreat, has one of the great mission hearts of our generation. While not able to travel as he would like, from his computer he keeps in contact with the world and his leadership and expertise still affect the nations today. As my "forefather" in the International Division, Truman is precious to me and has provided the foundation for any of the good works God has done through my hands. More than that, Truman is a great scholar, author and thinker. He wrote a bulletin article and I thought it would be great to share it with all of you.  He has entitled the article, "The Glamour of Mission Work". 



"Mission work is seen by some as glamorous globe-hopping, seeing exotic places and cultures.  Perhaps.  But in San Felipe, Mexico, for Nino and Gabby and a Bible Camp full of kids it is sweltering in 122 degree heat…..with no breeze.  In Exuma, Bahamas with Steve McQueen and family, it is waiting out the hurricane Bertha as she thrashes the islands.  With Andrew and Amy Martin in Uganda it is caring for a months old baby, waiting an unexpected second child among the refugees streaming in from the Congo’s civil war. 
Wherever missionaries have gone there is much to write home about.  The languages to be learned, the cultures to be understood and accepted, the often critical expectations of native residents and the adjustments in living styles…..and the loneliness and longing for the homeland and families left behind.  There is much to see in every land that is exciting, intriguing and good to share with folks back home.  There are new friends, people being taught and saved by the Gospel and numerous people needing to be loved and helped.  There are treasured memories to be stored away, convincing works of God  over which to marvel and the satisfaction of having made a difference in the lives of many.
Some missionaries have buried their mates and children on foreign soil.  Some have lost their lives in the distant battlefield for souls.  Some have spent time in dingy cells for unjust causes or battled strange diseases, sometimes without the benefit of modern medicines or professional care.  Seldom ever do their labors gain just recognition back home or do their years mission service advance their financial or material circumstances.  Most return home, eventually, all but penniless, burdened down with the years of serving and faced with the difficulty of finding a place of ministry and getting started all over again.
Yet, the joys of having served in some distant land and serving a people that others will never know on earth will continue to gladden the heart of a missionary.  All of his or her losses seem small in the light of what blessings God poured out.  A missionary feels enriched and blessed for having answered the call and for having given the best years of his or her life to a cause bigger than self.  God only had one son and he was a missionary."
                                                                                                                Truman Scott