Missions Unmasked: What I Never Knew about Missionary Life
Adam Mosley, author
OUR MISSIONARY MYTHS ARE FALSE Tales of breathtaking adventures, harrowing expeditions, and close encounters of the bug kind - these are the stories we expect to hear from missionaries. Like a Hollywood blockbuster, we want action, tension, and in the end, a happily-ever-after ending, complete with smiling children and the sense that we’ve contributed to the betterment of humanity. But what if missionary life is not like that? Beyond the newsletter blurbs and well-crafted blog posts lies a missionary world that few outsiders ever see. MISSIONS UNMASKED peels off the facade shrouding the realities of that world. Adam Mosley offers an inside look into the life of a missionary, and an exploration of the challenges and issues facing global missionaries and those who care for them. It’s time to move beyond the myth, embrace the humanity of the missionary, understand the brokenness of their situation, and tap into the restorative power of authentic relational connection. To become better partners, we must begin by removing the mask and seeing clearly, perhaps for the first time, the real life of a missionary.
Mosley, pastor of an international church in Nakuru, Kenya, skillfully and compassionately debunks myths about the missionary life. Raised in a traditional Evangelical church in a rural American community, he remembers the first visiting missionary he met, a red-haired woman who told of remote jungle adventures. It was the start of his “crush” on missions, he says. Over the years, he came to learn that missionaries are not “super-saints” but just regular believers trying to live out their calling in spite of loneliness, culture shock, and frequent emotional crises. Presenting the work as a confession of sorts, Mosley creates a consciously Rumsfeldian setup, classifying his musings under three headings: what he thought he knew, what he knew he didn’t know, and what he didn’t know he didn’t know. Anecdotes from acquaintances as well as from his own experience enliven his carefully nuanced opinions. He laments that churches generally fail to offer missionaries adequate support, either financial or moral. By revealing the “life lived on the ground, among the people,” this concise, well-structured book encourages Christians to rethink stereotypes and develop true compassion for international missionaries. (BookLife)