No Missionary appreciation day!

by Jacobus
(Estonia)

I am 14 years in full time pioneering missions in Eastern Europe. The work is hard with very little fruit. Because of being outsiders we never receive authority but have to do most of the work. I have lost faith in our supporting churches that never communicate, cut our support without notice, say that missions is important but never budget accordingly. There is no missionary appreciation day, no special bonus for vacation, no pension or medical insurance or any benefit to help us. There is always an expectation to perform and to trust God for everything if we talk about our challenges. We cannot spend money on hobbies or vacation or supporters feel that we waste their money. We have not been home for 4 years with parents that are aging and almost died in the last year with no possibility to go see them. There is so much work to do on the field but with minimum resources.

I am tired to worry everyday about finances, my children's education and the needs around me. If missions are the calling of the church why are we so alone on the field.I am tired and need a break but know that leaving the field to rest will be the end of our support. The church wants results and there is no time for rest.

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