Before heading back to the field in 2017 I did a brief ministry presentation at my home church in the States.
It was a blessing for me to share with so many friends what the Lord was doing in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. At the same time, the experience convicted me.
one weakness I have as a missionary is I don’t communicate enough with supporters. It’s not that I don’t WANT to communicate with them, but I found myself waiting till something very spectacular happened before sending an update.
This is incredibly sinful because in this way, my communication feeds my ego. I’ll only send messages or emails that make me “look good.”
The Lord has helped me break this sinful habit in recent years by understanding my prayer supporters want to know everything thats not going on with me on the field. Not just the good, but the bad, and yes…even the ugly.
This doesn’t mean turning to oversharing, which is also incredibly selfish since your problems become the most important thing. Instead it means having a relationship with churches and individuals built on constant communication.
A big part of my moving away from Facebook towards email (and later texting) is it allows me to communicate in a more personal way with loved ones, and believers back home.
I’m far from perfect at this, but thankful the Lord is helping me take steps towards a form of communication with supporters that brings him glory.