During his recent visit to West Africa, Tim was introduced to one of the pets belonging to one of the staff at the Bible School in Burkina Faso. It wasn’t his favorite experience but we as missionaries do many things that we chalk up to “building relationships”.
We eat food that we probably would never eat given a choice, we go places sometimes that we would normally not venture into and we sometimes have to deal with people that we would not keep company with on a normal basis. We sometimes even take some risks that we would not take except for the purpose of building relationships with our African pastors and leaders.
There are times when we buy things and have them brought out from the states so that it will open a door of opportunity for us to minister to someone.
Attitude is the one of the keys to successful missionary life. We have learned our lessons in winning the lost and building relationships from the Apostle Paul who said, “I have become all things to all men that I might by all means save some” I Corinthians 9:22