How to Survive on the Mission Field: Answering God’s Call with Certainty


In my last post about surviving on the mission field, we addressed the need to first make your “calling and election sure.” Why is this so important?

In order to survive and thrive on the mission field, you must overcome adversity. This is the first thing I teach new recruits. We have an enemy, the devil, who is our adversary. His goal is to stop the people of God from doing God’s will. One tool he employs is to plant seeds of doubt and questioning. Just as he did with Eve at the beginning of creation, he tempts us to ask, “Did God really say…?” If the enemy can get you to question or doubt your call, he can neutralize your faith. You may start thinking, “If I am not supposed to be here, maybe that is why I lack provision.” Or, “If I were not here, my child would not be sick.”

Being sure I am on God’s errand has helped me believe Him for divine intervention. A verse that comes to mind is found in I John 5:14-15:

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”

If you are out on the mission field doing God’s will, not your own, you will have confidence to ask for whatever you need to get the job done. You may need God to temporarily blind the eyes of an inspector while you smuggle Bibles, you may need a thousand dollars for a plane ticket or wisdom in a situation you are confronting. When you are on God’s errand, all of Heaven’s power is available to you so that you can complete your mission.

It is paramount that you are sure you are doing God’s will. This will allow you to overcome adversity in its many forms. God’s power flowed to His servants in the Bible while they were doing His will. Moses parted the Red Sea. Joshua saw the walls of Jericho fall down after he obeyed the Lord. You will see divine power, but you must be sure you are obeying His call on your life.

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