Oh, how I dread the question! I literally would prefer to do anything else than answer THE QUESTION! And by “anything else”, I mean I would even rather fill out ministry reports to churches and sending agencies! Yes, that is how much I still dread THE QUESTION. Everyone knows THE QUESTION: when a friend or supporter passes you by and asks, “Mihai, how is life in [insert country of service here] Romania?”
It really is a simple question. No harm is intended, no ill intention. It’s almost like someone asking “how are you?” in the store check-out lane. Still, many missionaries would rather face the fire again than ever answer it. Why? Because they have absolutely no idea how to answer it. “Wonderful!” “Incredible!” “Challenging!” “Life-changing!” How does a missionary even begin to formulate an answer?