As I travel, talking to cross-cultural workers on the front lines, I’m often reminded of the extent to which Satan goes in his effort to thwart outreaches by newly-placed int’l workers. He goes for the jugular vein — whatever that happens to be for the respective family. He can attack the kids: their health, their adaptation, their studies, their self-image, their very souls. Sometimes he goes after spouses: their language learning ability (or hurdles), their commitments, their promises, their self-images as well. Sometimes he goes after family members back in the USA: ailing parents, unwilling grandparents, doubting “friends,” flagging support. And sometimes, in a seeming lack of creativity, he’ll boldly challenge each of our spiritual foundations: we begin doubting God’s existence, our salvation, our spiritual abilities, or our futures.
In all of these things, we are said to be “more than conquerors” (Ro. 8:37). But having said that, does it seem to you that we sometimes need a little help from a friend to realize that conquering is even possible? In the “Comment” box below (click “Comment”), would you jot down some of the most helpful steps that *you* have seen in helping new on-field workers to conquer these and other first-term attacks. Get to the core of the core: How can they *survive* Satan?
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