@lafemmefibromyalgique said: Part of Amy’s quote: “the nun in this picture was trying to stop the Lord from working through us and wouldn’t let us in the facility”. (Her poor grammar.) Because a nun who lives, & risks, her life caring for children is magically a heathen.
Damn, you people have everything! Or possibly just great memories. But yeah that rings some bells. Ugh. She’s the kind of missionary I really look down on - the ones who see the kids as basically a commodity they should have access to in exchange for “helping.” They’re not goats in a petting zoo! Maybe, just maybe, the nun knows how badly it can affect kids to have their routines disrupted and have strangers demand to be allowed to hold and pet them like animals.
But of course she knows better. She knows that what she wants must automatically be what God wants, because she’s just that special. God must want the kids to have the awesome experience of sharing space with her, because she’s just that amazing.
Missionary work should not be about what YOU want. If someone says no, they can’t accommodate your request, accept it and move on, because YOU are supposed to be there to be USEFUL, not to get your jollies treating children like puppies. It’s not about your wants, your self-esteem, what you feel you’ve earned or even what you think God wants you to have, because THIS IS NOT ABOUT YOU.
Maybe, just maybe, GOD HAS HIS OWN IDEAS ABOUT WHAT HE WANTS FOR THE PEOPLE THERE, because they are actually human beings just like you. And maybe God’s plan for them - or you - does not involve you getting what you want and barging in on their lives and disrupting them. Because they are people with their own lives, and even if you think they must be dying for the privilege of hanging out with you, it’s possible that it wouldn’t be good for them. Just because you want something doesn’t mean GOD THINKS IT MUST HAPPEN. Maybe God’s plan is for you to quietly do work and go home without getting the “payoff” so you learn some humility.
You get there, and you do what the people you’re working with NEED. You think Jesus only helped people if he got something he wanted in return? Because that’s not how it goes in the Bible I read…
Sorry. Missionary tourism is a huge pet peeve of mine. And when I hear people use the phrase “love on some orphans,” my blood boils, because they are NOT DOGS or teddy bears. Their emotional lives are as complex as your own, and maybe, just maybe, they won’t benefit from having a stranger who doesn’t speak their language grope them, shower them with attention, then disappear.