This week I shared with you 7 Ways to Fail as a Missionary and I promised that I would follow it up with characteristics of a successful missionary.
In this episode of Now is the Time I introduce you to a real life hero missionary. I spent 2 months with Duane Howe in the deep jungles of Brazil and Peru almost 20 years ago yet his example of ministry still influences me today!
So what are the characteristics of good missionary?
A drive to share the love of Jesus
Not every missionary is a church planter or an evangelist but just because you’re not on “the front lines” doesn’t mean you’re not sharing the gospel.
No matter the official title or the situation good missionaries are always ready to share the love of Jesus with those around them.
A positive and hopeful attitude
If we truly are the bearers of good news then we ought to have an attitude that matches. Rather than complaining about their surroundings good missionaries tend to encourage others and focus on the hope that they have in Jesus.
This kind of attitude is infectious and attractive. It tells people that we have a living and eternal hope that temporary problems can’t extinguish.
A flexible mindset
Sometimes we can be too goal oriented and results driven to see the opportunities that God has placed right before us. Good missionaries learn that they can’t plan for everything and sometimes the best ministry opportunities aren’t planned for at all.
Instead of getting discouraged when things don’t happen the way we plan, we need to be flexible, ready for change and ready to make the most of every opportunity God throws our way.
A passion to communicate
Too often missionaries think of communicating with those who sent them as a chore and something that takes them away from the real ministry and that’s wrong!
Communication should be viewed as part of the ministry, not a distraction from it. Missionaries who communicate well encourage and challenge their readers to be better followers of Christ.
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