Mission workers experience a continual stream of stressful incidents which can affect their health and their efficiency in carrying out their God-given mission. ‘So what?’ you may ask. ‘Don’t we all?’ Indeed we do, but most of us have support mechanisms in place which help us keep on top of the stress. In other words, although we experience situations which cause our inner batteries to run down, we have ample access to supportive relationships and resources which help us recharge the batteries.
To understand how need for support increases, let’s look at a scale of cross-cultural mission which clearly demonstrates why certain roles require more support. It recognises that all Christians are called to mission, but shows how the context can vary: