Ask our Missionaries (AoM):
Where have you experienced failure in your ministry?
Missionaries experience all types of failures in ministry, in language, in culture as we learn our roles. Here is a great example from Chris in his experience as a missionary:
One of my first ministry failures was in 2000 when Pastor Paul from Whitefish Foursquare and I went to the Bible school. I thought that since I was with my pastor, he would preach and I would listen like the other students. WRONG!
After he preached, they asked me to come up and give a message. So, I thought of a Scripture from my devotion time that would work, but couldn’t remember what Proverb it was! I stumbled up front and fumbled around in one of their Bibles up at the pulpit until I finally found it. Thank God that His grace was more than sufficient for a short sermonette. I remember Pastor Paul saying, “I didn’t know you could preach!” Lesson: come prepared in season and out!