10) “Although in the past most countries freely allowed foreign missionaries to come, most people in other lands now resent them. Why should I go where I’m not welcomed?”
Did you welcome the Gospel before you were saved? The Word says that we should save some, “snatching them out of the fire,” (Jude 23) Some people just don’t want to be saved! That’s exactly why we need to go to them. The more unwelcome, the better. If they resent Americans, then you have an opportunity to show them that Christian Americans can be humble with the love of Jesus in their hearts. For the Word says, “He who is wise wins souls.” (Proverbs 11;30)
11) “But I could not afford to get the training, and raise the necessary finances to place myself (or my family) on the field.”
Don’t worry, God will help raise the money you need. Wherever God guides, He supplies – even if it means helping you get a job! Problems and worries about finances are usually only a surface excuse when it comes to obeying God to go. In your heart you know He’ll make a way for you!
12) “But I don’t have any special talents or abilities that would qualify me to be a missionary.”
Then you’re just the person God is looking for! Sure God can use nurses, teachers, accountants, and mechanics on the field, but it always blesses God to greatly use the one who seemingly has nothing to offer. It is this person who has the opportunity of purely representing Jesus in the endless “common” tasks that are part of the daily life of a missionary. “When I am weak, then I am strong.” (II Corinthians 12:10; also see I Corinthians 1:26-31)
This is Part 4 of the 5 part series: “Common Excuses to World Evangelism” by Austin Gardner.