After getting counsel from several types of people in your life and reviewing their advice, how can you increase your confidence (inner peace) in the decision that missionary service is right for you? Below are some subjective, but nonetheless helpful, considerations:
- you continue to see fruit in your ministry with internationals (red flag: no sign of fruit).
- you have an ongoing sense of “oughtness” or “rightness” for cross-cultural ministry (red flag: you have only considered missionary service for a few weeks and have changed your mind several times in the last year)
- you have a strong feeling of disappointment when entertaining the idea that the cross-cultural assignment won’t work out (red flag: you sense relief when you think that the assignment won’t work out)
- you have a sense of joy when you are involved in cross-cultural ministry (red flag: ministry is done out of duty only, not joy)
- you have unexplained energy when involved in cross-cultural ministry (red flag: ministry is tiring and takes all your will power to get out of the house)
- you have an awareness of internationals around you and are drawn toward meeting them (red flag: internationals around me make me nervous)
- you have a desire to learn more about other cultures, an interest in news stories about events in other cultures, and a desire to pray for the lost from other cultures (red flag: that stuff is boring)
What do you think? After working through these questions, do you have more of a sense of confidence and peace or stress and nervousness?
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