Sticking it out on the field – III

NO BURN-OUT PLEASE If you really want to stick it out on the field and be of any value in the long run, do try with all your might to avoid a burn-out. It’s one of the worst things that can happen to you because it...

Friendly exclusivism and aggressive inclusivism

Last week an Isaan Christian I baptized last year died. Until his death he was sharing the Gospel with his relatives. They were listening with interest. He also clearly said he wanted a Christian funeral, and no Buddhist monks present. But after he died, his...

Sticking it out on the field – II

Not your mission, but God’sWe are on God’s errand. In fact, it would be great if all missionaries across the world would wake up in the morning and say this simple line to themselves: I am here on God’s mission; it is not my mission,...

Reflections on the 1st year in Isaan

‘We would like to share with you a reflection we had to write for the annual report of OMF. One of the many blessings of being a missionary is the fact that the Bible starts to speak in a new and different way. Just the...

Sticking it out on the field- I

Frodo Baggins, the Ring bearer from the Lord of the Rings is a great example to the modern missionary. He set out to accomplish a mission that would bring him in grave, mortal danger. He needed to make a journey that was very, very unpleasant....

The Gospel in the village hall

We cycled along the shore of a large lake. One afternoon we had to do without lunch because nobody invited us. We rested on a grassy slope with a wonderful view of the lake. After that we had to go on. The terrain was rather...

Christians without a church

We rode our bikes through three different Isaan districts, with a total of over 100,000 people. In none of these districts is a church. We were looking for openings to share the Gospel. At the same time we tried to find out if there maybe...

Sleeping on a table

During our tour we cycled through three Isaan districts. We hoped to be able to talk about the Lord with people in one or two villages during the day, and then to find one village where we could share the Gospel and would get a...

Missionary: The best career choice

Serving God brings great joy. I would not want to exchange it for anything in the world. But sometimes the old man rears his ugly head. A few years back I had a moment like that (well, actually, I have these moments daily, but I’d...

Tramps for God

Once the Lord Jesus sent out the apostles without money (see Matthew 10), and together with three other missionaries and an Isaan Christian, I decided to follow that example. We didn’t do so because we read the instructions from Matthew as an absolute rule for missions....