Posted by: Steve | September 17, 2014

Ebola and you

With a number of FIM personnel in Africa, the subject of the spread of the Ebola virus has come to our attention at the Home Office. In response to one of our missionary’s question on this topic, Gary Butler wrote:

“I think it’s important to say that neither FIM nor the missionary on the field is omniscient and that the most important factor is to seek diligently the Lord’s direction for the decision to stay or leave. Every missionary should be ready to die on the field, if that is the Lord’s will for His glory. But it would be a waste of a life and cause needless grief to loved ones if it were to happen through carelessness (or stubbornness)? I know I could easily be one of the stubborn ones.”

We want all our FIM people to understand that their individual risk tolerance should drive their decisions when it comes to personal safety. Christy Sopcisak recently wrote,

“. . . I don’t think it is a good witness to others if I leave when times are difficult just because I can.

We admire Christy’s dedication to those she was sent to serve, but we also recognize that conditions could eventually force a number of our personnel to make hard decisions.

God’s Word says: Romans 14:8 “If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.” (ESV)

The question is not whether we live or die, but whether we affirm His ownership of us in whatever state we find ourselves. Paul had learned contentment in a ministry filled with suffering when he said in Philippians 4:11 “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.”(ESV)

What a joy and privilege to be His and to find ourselves daily in His care. He expects us to be both obedient and prudent in our service for Him.

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