However, when missionaries leave their homes, they leave this encouraging and growth-stimulating environment behind them. Missionaries enter a new culture, often in regions that have been shaken by poverty and crises – and due to their spiritual work they enter the enemy’s field of fire. Without encouragement, friendship, help, counsel and supporting prayers they often fight alone.
Missions history tells us that many of those that we consider missionary heroes today, like Hudson Taylor, Adoniram Judson or David Livingston, had to pay a high price for their ministries, even unto deepest despair and often at the expense of their families.
The truth is, of course, then and now, that the God who sends us is our companion, our rock, our provider, our help. And the Holy Spirit cares for us as our comforter, counselor and teacher. But those “one another”-phrases reveal the responsibility of sending churches and organizations towards our missionaries.