Nutrition. A homeless person in Los Angeles gets more calories of quality food per day than the average person in Calcutta.
Justice. Fifteen million children are sold into sexual slavery each year, primarily in Asia.
Access to the gospel. There are more Bibles, Christian books, and radio stations in North America than we know what to do with. You are never more than a mile from a church in any city in the USA. Jesus is doing amazing things in an amazingly desperate world.
Answer from Jack Voelkel, missionary-in-residence with the Urbana Student Mission Convention; originally published on the Urbana website. Previously Jack served thirty years with Latin America Mission in Peru and Columbia. Find other answers and articles from Jack and others on the Urbana blog.
Answer from Patrick, who has been a missionary for eight years in Honduras.
As I considered the idea of full-time service, the factor that helped me decide was reflecting on how God had prepared me, personally, to serve. As a missionary kid (MK) for fifteen years, I had learned the language and the culture of an area in which there was still a great need for workers. When the Lord provided a wife who was similarly prepared (another MK), the decision was final.
Follow your heart and your preparation. If you are not prepared yet, seek God’s prompting. Consider the languages you have learned, the people you have met from other countries, those willing to be your teammates, and any facility you have with language and culture learning.
All these questions, and many more, need to be answered and analyzed as you consider the task ahead. There are many open fields around the world. Each of us is fitted for at least one of them. My wife and I followed the Lord’s call to a major metropolitan center. We are still seeking his guidance and can see how he has prepared us to work in this very different set of circumstances. Don’t be dissuaded by obstacles. If God wants you to go, he’ll help you overcome them.
Answer from Paul, who has served as a missionary for fourteen years in Brazil and Colombia.