MY CHILD A MISSIONARY.

“I HAVE NO GREATER JOY THAN TO HEAR THAT MY CHILDREN WALK IN TRUTH.” 3 John 1:4. Often we are asked, isn’t it hard for you to have your son and grandchildren so far away? I have heard parents say, “I don’t want my child far away on the mission field!” Can I ask why? We are amazed that God wants to use our children or us for that matter. It is very humbling that THE GOD OF ALL THE UNIVERSE will use any of us but for God to choose my daughter and my son to be servants in His vineyard is about the most humbling, exciting thing in all the world. No doubt, it is one of the greatest blessings He has given to us.

Do I miss them? Of course we miss them. And we have pity party moments — not hours, not days. We turn our thoughts from ‘our wanting to see them’ to praise that God is allowing them to be used. FaceTime allows us the opportunity to sit down with our children and grandchildren. Seeing them is a great help and hearing how God is opening doors and giving them wisdom in learning Hindi, and on and on. Our visits are the best.

Just think, Mom, what an honor it is that our children and grandchildren have been given the opportunity to serve God in a far away place. They are able to see and do things that most people will never see or do. Our grandchildren are receiving the greatest education. They are learning another language. They live and experience a world we could never give them. May we never be guilty of desiring our children to obey our wishes rather than God’s command. When God places children in our care, it is only temporary. It is our responsibility to teach and train them to serve God. We discipline them for not sharing toys when they are small. We don’t want them to be selfish and yet we model selfishness daily before them asking them to stay near us. Dear Mom, if you have a daughter or son who is leaning towards missions, fall down before God and thank Him for placing His Hand on your child and determine to encourage them. Do we as parents really want to stand before God for the souls who may go hell because of our selfish desires?

May our prayer today be, “Lord, please use me, Lord, please use my children.” No greater joy than to see our children walk in truth!

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  • 6 thoughts on “MY CHILD A MISSIONARY.

    1. Dear Mom, if you have a daughter or son who is leaning towards missions, fall down before God and thank Him for placing His Hand on your child and determine to encourage them. Do we as parents really want to stand before God for the souls who may go hell because of our selfish desires
      Wow Wow Wow! this is was great!

    2. As a missionary myself and as a missionary mom, I’ve been on both sides of this. I believe it IS hard for the parents, especially those who let their children go (like my own parents did with me) way before the Internet, Skype, and all the other easy ways to communicate. It is, frankly, much easier nowadays. Having said that, I believe God gives a joy that children are doing what He wants them to do–in whatever ministry He should put them in. I have both children overseas from us, but what a blessing to see them both–one a missionary officially, and the other serving the Lord in Christian education, motherhood, and in her local church–living for God. No greater joy!

    3. Sandy, I love this post. It was such an encouragement to me, I am so thankful God has burden Eric;s heart to be a missionary, I am so proud of him and what God has done in his life, and will continue to do through his ministry. I have also have had a few pity party moments myself and he is still here. I just want to thank you and your family for all you have done for Eric, and allowing him to visit and stay with you family in India. We will keep you and your family in our prayers, thanks for all you and your family do for the Kingdom of God. I pray that the Lord will continue to use our family to serve him. God has called both our sons to serve, and to share God’s word to the lost souls that are out there that are dying and going to hell. Your right there is NO GREATER JOY than to see our children walk in the truth.
      Love and Prayers.
      Sisters in Christ,
      Dawn Elrod

    4. I am thankful for parents who not only “allowed” me to be a missionary but also encouraged it! As far as my own children go, I would MUCH rather them be serving the Lord than to be serving the world, even if it means they will be 1000’s of miles from home. God gives grace and blesses parents who surrender their children to Him.

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