I live in Minnesota and work in South Africa. That means that every time somebody I don’t know hears that I’ve been to South Africa more than once or am going there for an extended period, they say “Oh, is it mission work … my [cousin/aunt/uncle] is a missionary there.”
Thankfully, I have yet to meet a missionary in South Africa, but when I lived in the Congo, I often lived among them. And there are two kinds. The good ones (as far as I know they all speak only Italian and KiSwahili and are Catholics) and the evil ones (American, Australian, and British, mostly).
OK, they’ve helped me out a lot, but I’ve always returned the favor in kind. I owe them nothing, and what they are up to is unjustifiable. And at least some of them know how I feel.
Well, I just got this note from Chris Mooney, and on his blog he has some very annoying information about missionaries. Read this:
“Last night a lot of people died and entered an eternity of suffering,” [Baptist Missionary] Neely said. “Almost none of them has heard a Christian testimony or biblical explanation of who Christ really is. They have never heard the truth about who God really is, who they are in His sight or what God’s plan is to save us from our sin through Christ.*
This is not acceptable, and the government of Bangladesh should throw this one and all the others out of the country as soon as possible.
Don’t get me started. Some day when I have the time and inspiration I’ll tell you missionary stories.