Heidi, a friend who is currently raising support to return to Uganda as a full-time missionary, shared this article with us in a recent e-mail. She said, "it expressed everything I have been trying to explain to my patients and co-workers for two years but haven't been able to articulate very well." Matthew Parris, an avowed athiest, writes that "as an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God".
Please take time to follow the link and read the article. The point Mr Parris makes can be applied to continents other than Africa. Right here in South America the cultural walls I alluded to in yesterday's post are just as pervasive as tribal customs in Africa.
It's refreshing to hear from an athiest who doesn't demonize evangelical missions and missionaries ☺
At the opposite end of the spectrum, ministry can often be glamorized and those in ministry put on a pedestal by others who don't see the inner workings. On Monday Amy Beth posted about the reality and messiness of ministry. This example happens to be from our own home culture, but she pretty much nailed it for ministry in general, anywhere in the world.
Just some food for thought in the middle of this first full week of 2009 ☺