When people think about the life of a missionary-evangelist, the words “adventurous”, “exotic” or “dangerous” might come to mind. And while these descriptions are certainly fitting at times, they are often tempered by the more unromantic, day-to-day realities of missions.
One of the things that many don’t think about is the life of the wife of a missionary-evangelist. I have never heard my wife complain and she has always supported me with her whole heart, but I am well aware that hers is often a life of silent sacrifice. It can be lonely and difficult at times. I have often said that when we stand before the Lord, I fully expect that she will receive the greater reward and I will be the first to applaud the verdict.
We have a tradition in our house that whenever I travel, I always bring back gifts for the family. (Truth be told, Im just attempting to bribe them to let me come back:-) My wife is the most “low-maintenance” of all. Her only request is for a refrigerator magnet. Needless to say, our refrigerator is covered in magnets from exotic locations around the globe.
Having said that, this morning, I heard her chuckling this as she read the newspaper. I came to see what was so funny and she showed me this comic (below). It seems that she has found in the wife of “Hagar the Horrible” a sympathetic friend. I told her she should cut it out and stick it on the refrigerator with one of the “souvenir magnets”. This one is for all evangelist’s wives.