In this audio continuation of the workshop, Tim Lane discusses the importance of knowing the unique experience of missionaries and what they have encountered on the mission field. At the same time, we don’t allow the experience to dictate their identity. Suffering and challenges on the mission field can reveal heart issues that need to be addressed as part of a comprehensive care plan. Paul Tripp discusses the common gap that can occur in care for missionaries: the tension between the specifics of daily life and the redemptive storyline of Scripture – there is a gap between the specificity of a person’s life and the truths of the Word of God. We can’t be satisfied with understanding people in a way that doesn’t lead to cure and we can’t be satisfied with cure that doesn’t understand people. We seek to change the person so that they can return to difficult circumstances viewing them in a new way. Tripp asks the question, “Are you a good theologian and a good counselor?” The Bible is meant to speak into your experience – case wisdom must be interwoven with biblical wisdom.
Key Scriptures: Philippians 2; James 1