Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Responsibilities of a missionary
I started one group recently, and the first day had 6. When I told the first story that God had created heaven and all the creatures in Heaven. Some chose to rebell against Him, so they lost their celestial home and God created a place of eternal torment for them. They will go there when God passes judgment upon the earth. Some in the group were offended and said that they didn't believe in hell, so they dropped out.
Most of the groups that I am involved in meet in government buildings among the workers there. In order for us to meet, we have to get permission from the head of security, which is a large investment in time and patience.
It is a sacrifice on the part of the person who risks failure by inviting organizing a small group. If the missionary does not show, or if what he shares does not meet the felt needs of the people, the person who initiated the invitation may feel rejected by their peers. For North Americans, big deal! We are use to it, after all, we are our own person. Paraguayan culture is very different. The people here do not consider themselves as individuals, but a group. They will do everything to look good to the group.
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