Don’t Pray Us Home

If we cannot be in the battle ourselves let us not seek to discourage others.  D.L. Moody

Not a few times have missionaries like us heard, “We’re praying you home.”

And we kindly and lovingly respond, “Don’t pray us home.”

We understand your concerns, your fears. With news of earthquakes, cartel activity, violent protests, and sickness or disease outbreaks, your reaction is to call us home.

“It’s time to come home.”

“Don’t you think you’ve been there long enough?”

“There is a need here you can fill.”

“We’re praying you home.”

Thanks, but no thanks.

What we ask is that you simply pray. For us. For our health and safety. For our faith. For our kids. For our work.

We need your prayers…of support.

We need your moral support. When you say to us, “We’re praying you home,” it’s discouraging. In essence you communicate that perhaps we’ve missed God, that we are no longer in His will.

You communicate that our ministry here lacks depth–perhaps importance or impact– and that it is easily uprooted and left behind.

Except you don’t see the tears we’ve sown, the lives we’ve touched, the relationships we’ve built. Neither do you know how lives here have touched ours, leaving imprints of love and a taste of God’s glorious kingdom.

Please don’t pray us away from that.

Instead, tell us you’re praying for us. Tell us you miss us. (We miss you too).

Tell us you’re proud of us, and you support our calling even though you worry about us. Tell us you pray that we prosper and bear much fruit in our work. Pray that we’ll be blessed and be a blessing.

But please….

….don’t pray us home!

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