“Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.” (Luke 10:3)
When it comes to the work of mission and ministry, Jesus doesn’t hide the danger from his followers. So it’s no wonder why “the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (v. 2). It’s no wonder why folks don’t want to “carry no purse, no bag, no sandals” (v. 4). It’s no wonder why even Jesus’ closest disciples are anxious about venturing into hostile territory.
It takes trust in the one whom you’re following to go to such places. It takes confidence in your mission to go where few others are willing to go. It takes great faith to minister to needs wherever you might be sent. – rc