Be honest. With so many methods of communicating these days – text, email, Facebook messenger, tweeting – picking up the phone and actually speaking to someone may seem a bit archaic. But the truth is, sometimes we need to take a break from our busy schedules and make time to interact with others on a more personal level.
Created for relationship
Think about it: God created us for relationship – relationships with each other and with Him. Remember God’s words in the Garden of Eden,
…It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Genesis 2:18
God Himself spent time with Adam and Eve; walking and talking with His creation:
And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day… Genesis 3:8a
Whether talking to God, our spouse, or a friend, verbal communication is important (click to tweet).
As a sender, I need to constantly remind myself of the goers in other parts of the world. While I’m surrounded with the familiarities of home, they’re: learning a foreign language, eating unusual foods, adjusting to a different culture, and missing their family and friends back home. Sometimes they just need someone to talk to.
Across the miles
I remember moving to Georgia several years ago. We moved down with some dear friends. Although the language was the same – with an added southern drawl – and our friends came with us; I felt very isolated and alone those first few months. It was always a treat to pick up the phone and hear a familiar voice on the other end of the line.
I imagine the isolation and loneliness for those on the mission field is magnified many times over. In her recent article, “Getting to Know Your Missionaries” pastor’s wife, Stacey Howeth, encouraged us to: “Build a personal relationship with your missionaries.” And building a relationship requires communication.
Developing a relationship
Schedule time to call or FaceTime your missionary/missionary’s wife. This is a great way to catch up on what’s happening, get a glimpse of their surroundings, see how their kids are growing, and take time to pray for them.
We recently got back from a trip to Peru to visit missionaries David and Katie Gardner. Now when Katie and I talk, I’m more in tune with the culture, what she does on a daily basis, and I can ask more relevant questions and pray more specifically.
Communication allows you to develop more than a surface relationship (click to tweet). Things don’t always go well on the mission filed. It’s important for your missionary/missionary’s wife to be able to share both the good and the bad with you; knowing you love them unconditionally. They may not need advice – just someone to listen to them.
At the end of the day, communicating takes time. But the friendships created are well-worth the effort. Take the time to be a blessing to your missionaries today!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the missionaries serving around the world. Help me develop friendships with them that will encourage and bless them. It’s a privilege to hold the ropes for those sharing your message with those I can’t reach. Remind me to be a good communicator and to pray for them regularly. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Maria I. Morgan is passionate about sharing the truths of God’s Word with today’s generation. Originally an inspirational author and speaker for adults, Maria has widened her circle to include kids. She lives in the muggy South with her husband, two retrievers, and two Maine coon kitties – the perfect mix to fuel her creativity for years to come!
(You can purchase a copy of her award-winning children’s book, “Louie’s BIG day!” on Amazon. You can also find her devotionals and download a free copy of her eBook, God Speaking, at www.mariaimorgan.com)