Facing Risk

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Sun setting in a misty day with a red backdrop.

By Lois Grant*

What does living in places like North Africa mean for our international workers and their supporting churches? Life in a place filled with terrorism, civil unrest, coups, strikes, riots, and break-ins takes its toll on you. The threats, both economic and political, on local believers is draining.

How can our workers live, work, and minister in places with such a high cost in terms of personal security? You have to KNOW that God has called you there. And if He called you there, then you are where you need to be.

Before heading to India, William Carey is often quoted as saying, “I will go down into the pit if you will hold the ropes.” International workers need prayers at home “holding the ropes.” You also have to be part of a local team that will pray with you each week, be in cell phone contact with you, be your family while overseas.

Local churches in Canada need to know that when IWs return home from time in a hot zone, they need love, care, and healing. There is so much trauma to be healed from.

I don’t regret a single moment of our time in North Africa—meeting with the poor, the rich, eating in lavish homes and tiny tents and shacks. Making heart friends and sharing our hearts with students, patients, and neighbours. Bible studies in our living room, in tents, in shanties with dirt floors. I would NEVER trade this time for anything. God walked with us through the times of risk and is now healing us of the scars left from living those times.

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    While attending Canadian Bible College in Regina Saskatchewan 1963-67,
    The Missions Team, put on a play/skit, titled. “ holding the Roaps”. It Started off with the church. Supporting a Missionary’ Family with promises of prayer Support, and material needs!
    Prayer meetings included the Family faithfully…..with great Attendance! Some years later…there are for or five gathered for prayer at “prayer meeting! One person , said ,”Bless the Missionaries.” A very tired, weary man appeared from the Back,
    “Bless the Missionaries!” Where were you, when my wife laid on her Death Bed?
    Where, were You,? When she died! He listed many other lonely times…..and stated
    “You were suppose to be HOLDING THE ROAPS”
    This has lived in my heart to this Day! I trust I keep holding the Roaps!

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