Recently, I have been battling Brucellosis, the extreme heat of this dry season, a very busy schedule, and more. It seemed appropriate to try to lighten my mood a bit. I came up with a list of why being a missionary is like applying for a job (over and over again). Just needed a little humor to mix it up. ☺ I hope it gives you a chuckle as well.
Why Being a Missionary is like applying for a job
(over and over again)
You have to dress to impress
The culture, that is.. You have to wear things that they deem appropriate and inoffensive, even if you feel uncomfortable.
You need to sell yourself
You have to write newsletters, speak in churches, and interact with people in your home church and country, letting them know why they should continue to “hire” you as their missionary.
You need to act positive
Even when you’re not feeling good or happy, you need to smile and speak with love, kindness, and respect. After all, much is at stake here.
You need to show that you’re a team player
You are constantly interacting with other missionaries whose personalities and styles differ from yours, as well as people of a vastly different culture. You must always learn to be relatable and flexible.
You have to sit and be patient
I remember the days of going for job interviews and sitting waiting, watching the other candidates. Now I wait for a people who are not time oriented, watching as the other missionaries sit and do the same. You have to be patient and realize that even if your appointment was at 9, it could be an all day affair.
You have to endure being put under a microscope
They will test you- your motivations, your attitudes, your vision. They will look at your past conduct as well as your words. They will discuss you amongst themselves. Your life is the CV/Resume they will read.
They have expectations and requirements of you
You will realize very early that there are certain requirements that must be met in order to be “hired”. You must express your willingness to move forward and comply- take up your cross daily, die to yourself, leave your culture behind, put up with an ever-low salary, no room for monetary advancement, a fulltime workload that keeps increasing, etc.
You give it your best, and then have to wait for the results
Sometimes in the job market this could take weeks. On the mission field, it could take years or even a lifetime. You question sometimes whether you indeed gave it your best, or if you fumbled over your words, your dress attire wasn’t good enough, your speech inadequate. But then you remember that God is the One doing the work. You just have to be faithful to show up.
The difference is that, we are already hired. God has already called us and counted us worthy to endure these things for His Name’s sake. Through all that we do now, though tiring, He will take care of the results.
Hi, my name is Erica and I am a God-called missionary for Northern Uganda. It is my passion and life-calling to bring God’s word to the people of the world. Each and every one of us can do our part in spreading God’s word to people in need of Jesus’ healing touch and hope. Trying to figure out if God has called you to the mission field? Do you want to learn more about what it’s like to be a missionary? Check out my book, For the Joy Set Before Us – Insights Into the Missionary Journey today.