a real missionary \\ Kari Masson

“I’m not a ‘real’ missionary.  A church hasn’t commissioned me and  I’m not part of a team with a cool name and a plan. The biggest thing I have in common with a missionary is that I’m a follower of Christ who lives in France.  That’s it.  I don’t have an evangi-cube or a bank account specifically for buying Bibles.  I’m just a normal person.

I mean, yeah, I’m a normal person who moved to another country.  I agree that God led us here, but not for missions.  I don’t even know  what ‘emergent’ means.  I’m pretty sure that’s a prerequisite for being a real missionary.

My husband is the only American and the only believer in his program and I work in a multi-cultural business. We live in a city that is central to the satanic church and a crossroads for human trafficking… all just coincidence.”  --  Me, 2007

We were already on-site, spoke the language and had business and social relationships with French people - a place that can take traditional missionaries years to get to.  But without the encouragement from Skybridge Community, we would never have considered ourselves ‘real’ missionaries or taken the task seriously.  We began to see our being here and relationship building as a true missionary calling from God.

It’s easy to become overwhelmed and feel inadequate in comparison with ‘real’ missionaries.  These feelings come for a good reason though – we are overwhelmed and inadequate on our own.  But the God brought us here is shaping us and sculpting us daily in our speech, knowledge and gifts to accomplish the task He has set before us: as you go, disciple people in all nations.

My prayer is that we remain surrendered in His hands, that we defy the lie that we are not ‘real’ missionaries, and that we are used for His glory.


Kari Masson is a media consultant and member of the Skybridge Community living in Lyon, France.