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by Amie Richard
There is nothing spectacular about being
a missionary. I am called to follow God’s
command just like every other Christian.

When asked what I do on the mission field,
my response is “Exactly what I do in America,
except in Thailand.” Obviously, ministering
in Thailand is different but the principle is
the same. There are primarily two things one
can do in a church, pastor or help the pastor.

Single missionaries are to help and encourage
the pastor and his family. I enjoy getting to do
exactly what God called me to do—every day. I
may not be a single missionary forever (no one
can predict the future), but until that changes,
I love the benefits and flexibility of being single
and in ministry.

Starting the missions trail as a single comes with
many preconceived ideas. Walking alone into a
new church to present a burden for a faraway
country can be scary. I will never forget the first
time a pastor asked me if I were going to the
mission field to “homeschool kids.” The pastor
was relieved when my answer was “No.” It was
as if the notion of a single woman going to do
something other than watch children was an
exciting new idea. The idea is not new, maybe
just forgotten. No matter the missionary, God
has a unique field for each and allows him
or her to go through different experiences in
order to prepare him or her for that field.

Many assume a single woman who has
surrendered to the mission field is simply
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seeking a way to avoid the problem of not being
married. This could not be further from the
truth! A single woman missionary gets to live
out the reality that marriage can be part of God’s
plan, but it is not the goal. My goal is to serve the
Lord and if He decides I should do that with a
husband—great—but if not, then God is already
fulfilling my needs and helping me to live out
the dream of a life with divine purpose.

Often, the countries where single missionaries
are serving have a culture that believes all
Americans are wealthy and at a higher social
status. This can attract men who do not have
pure intentions of a loving, biblical marriage,
but who wish for a “ticket” to America. Going
to the mission field is a step of faith for anyone,
and for the single woman it is truly putting her
whole future into God’s hands and trusting
Him to lead. I know many young single women
serving on the mission field who still have the
desire to be married if God works it out, but
they would never trade living out God’s will for
marriage. For all the amazing or sometimes silly things
that come with being a single missionary, there
are some things that can be difficult. Loneliness
is often the first to be brought up when talking to
other single missionaries—along with learning
the language. These seem to go together during
the early years on the field because the ability
to communicate greatly affects the ability to
build relationships. We meet so many people