Helen Roseveare, a missionary to Zaire was interviewed by Christianity Today about what she learned on the mission field.
CT: “How have your views of missions changed?”
HR: “Sixteen years ago, I talked about the desperate needs in other parts of the world. Now I tell Christians, wherever they are, that they must “re-fall” in love with Jesus. Christianity in the West today says we must have a bigger church and a bigger car and a better suit. Once Christians fall out of love with that and in love with Jesus, I won’t need to talk missions; they will become missionaries because they love Him.”
CT: “What is your assessment of the health and direction of current missions?”
HR: “We are being sucked in by the teaching that success is measured as achievements, numbers, something to show, something to write home about. I want to see the word passion come back…I want people to be passionately in love with Jesus, so that nothing else counts.
I’m a fanatic, if you like, but only because I believe so strongly that nothing counts except knowing your sins have been forgiven by the blood of Jesus. We’ve only got this short life to get others to know the same truth.”
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