Enduring Trials in Missions

by | Apr 3, 2024 | Missions

“Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:3 ESV). Timothy had a good deal of hardship he had to endure.

He had to oppose false doctrine, “As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine” (1 Timothy 1:3 ESV). Teachers in the church had departed from a Christ centered gospel ministry and were side tracked into false teaching thus leading the church astray. This was no small trial for Timothy to refute such men and bring the church back to the truth. But Timothy must rise to the duty and be faithful. (See also 1 Timothy 6:3, 6.) And he must refute these men with gentleness, “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness” (2 Timothy 2:24, 25a ESV).

Also Timothy had health issues, so Paul advised him to “No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments” (1 Timothy 5:23).

Nothing has changed since Paul’s day. Missionaries have to stand against false teachers and teaching. Many have health issues—yet persevere with courage.

Do you wonder, as I do, why all these troubles come to God’s honored servants? The answer has to be in the word “share” (ESV) or “endure” (NKJV). Suffering is the way our Lord Jesus accomplished the greatest good for the world. We worship a suffering Savior. We glory in the cross. His servants who faithfully proclaim the gospel while suffering follow in the footsteps of our Lord, while facing trials within and without.

I encourage you to check the RBNet website page on missions and see all the RBNet endorsed missionaries, national pastors, chaplains, and support missionaries. As I surveyed the names I know that there are at least a dozen facing trials of some sort.

I encourage you to use the RBNet Prayer Guide and pray for them.

This article is included in the April 2024 publication of RBNet Monthly. If you would like to receive this update, our monthly missionary prayer guide, and other network updates through email, please subscribe to our mailing list below.

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