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Have you noticed that anytime a missionary or pastor challenges people to cross-cultural missions, there is pushback?

“The need is great here, too.”

“America is a mission field.”

“Not everyone is called to go overseas.”

All true. But those responses miss the point.

Jim Elliot, shortly before martyred in service to the gospel, wrote:

You wonder why people choose fields away from the States when young people at home are drifting because no one wants to take time to listen to their problems. I’ll tell you why I left. Because those Stateside young people have every opportunity to study, hear, and understand the Word of God in their own language, and these Indians have no opportunity whatsoever. I have had to make a cross of two logs, and lie down on it, to show the Indians what it means to crucify a man. When there is that much ignorance over here and so much knowledge and opportunity over there, I have no question in my mind why God sent me here. Those whimpering Stateside young people will wake up on the Day of Judgment condemned to worst fates than these demon-fearing Indians, because having a Bible, they were bored with it–while these never heard of such a thing as writing. (Shadow of the Almighty, p. 237)


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