Why missionaries put their lives on the line

As a missionary I am always surprised that the people I meet have almost no idea what missionaries are or do. They have read some cartoons somewhere and think we all slash through the underbrush to meet African bushmen. Perhaps that is why they never ask me about my experiences.

CNN Belief Blog

By Daniel Burke and Ashley Fantz, CNN

(CNN) — It wasn’t as if God’s voice boomed through sun-parted clouds, telling Kent Brantly to move his family to Liberia.

Still, the young doctor said, the call was clear.

It echoed through the congregation where he was raised, Southeastern Church of Christ in Indianapolis.

Standing before the church community in July 2013, months before he left for Africa, Brantly said he heard the call in the teachers who urged him to memorize Scripture and the neighbors who funded his first mission trip years ago.

He saw it in the aunts and uncles who spent their vacations running Bible camps, organizing youth groups and serving missions themselves in Africa.

“It may not seem like much,” Brantly said in an emotional address to the Southeastern congregation, “but when you connect the dots you see a grand design that God has used to draw my life…

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