Challenges in Ministry

Grace International Outreach – Challenges in Ministry

Do you ever just have so much to share you can’t get your thoughts in order? I decided to blog about each thing separately so some of these posts will be shorter than others.

There are so many challenges that we face when doing work for the Lord. This has been an incredibly hard trip on me –much harder than any other. I have felt …. oppressed… hindered. It has felt like an uphill battle. From sickness to frustration, I have had to turn to God and ask for strength more so than any other time. There have been times I was so ill and drained that I just wanted to go home.

You know that’s what the devil wants. He wants us to throw up our hands and quit. I REFUSE TO QUIT. In moments of weakness or exhaustion I may cry out, but I will never give up. This morning the electricity went out again as I was attempting to write this post. In a moment of absolute emotional despair I broke down and cried out to my Father. With big tears rolling down my face, I sat on the edge of the bed and prayed aloud. Within seconds the electricity was on. Who can say whether it was God intervening in such a small way to show me He was hearing me or just a coincidence….. but wait I don’t believe in coincidences. I will take it as a wink from God to let me know He is near.

Life here is hard. Sometimes I wonder how these people do it….every single day, knowing that tomorrow will be exactly the same– endless struggle. For so many any progress in life is not only an uphill battle, but one where they are bogged down with additional weight. The challenges of living in a country like this sometimes make victory seem like such a giant feat. I fear for those who don’t look to God for help.

Father, I come to You in the name of Jesus, Your Son who died on the cross for me. I ask You for strength and courage –direction and victory. I am here to do Your will –and only Your will.  I am here to serve You in any capacity You have for me. I have given my life to You…all my days and hours….that You might call on me at any time and I will say “I’m here, Lord.”


This almost seems like more of a diary or journal entry than a blog post, so extremely personal and revealing… but I think it is necessary to share it all. The life of a missionary is rewarding, yet so humbling and I absolutely believe God wants me to share the good, the bad and the ugly.

Wishing you love, light, and blessings always,


Rexanne Collins

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