Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying "Whom shall I send? And who will go with us?" And I said "Here am I. Send me!"
The spirit of the Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.
A song from John Fogerty's "Centerfield" says so much about the way missionaries feel.
"Oh, put me in Coach, I'm ready to play today.
Put me in Coach, I'm ready to play today.
Look at me, I can be centerfield."
That player is ready to be in the action. He is ready to take what comes at him and give the best he has for his Coach. He isn't asking to be the pitcher or the center of attention, he is offering to be on the outskirts of the action. He is willing to be in the outfield where it is a harder job with less recognition. Jesus has called us to be his disciples and missionaries in whatever 'centerfield' he may send us to. Whether it is around the corner, around the block,or around the world, He equips us with the desire, the skills and the gifts to achieve His will. We are sent to a people who don't necessarily know or accept the Lord our God. We are there to bind up their emotional wounds and offer them eternal healing. It is not our responsibility whether they choose to hear or not, only to provide the information the best way we can and continually hold them in our hearts and our prayers.