I’ve often written about the importance of good communication from the mission field. You’d be surprised, though, how many missionaries I meet that don’t even know what a blog is. Many of those who do have blogs are forced, fake and over-spiritualized. I won’t name any names here, but I could.
Let me point you to Steve and Jamie Wright, or, as they’re known in the blogosphere, El Chupacabra and The Very Worst Missionary. Theirs are perhaps the best examples of missionary blog anywhere. Really. They write regularly about their daily lives in Costa Rica, turning the mundane into witty, fun-to-read insight into the lives of the missionary. They use healthy doses of unsettling candor, biting sarcasm, earnest confession, and self-deprecating humor that make readers feel as though we’re right there with them, caring for kids in poverty, struggling with Spanish, and not flushing toilet paper down the toilet.
If more missionaries wrote like this, we’d have more and better missionaries on the field. Seriously. Everyone would have a more realistic understanding of what a missionary is and what life on the field looks like on a daily basis. The horror stories would weed out the tourists. The full disclosure would demystify the role while making it attractive to accessible, creative, brave, and interesting people.
The best thing is about the Wrights is that they’re interesting. These are blogs you want to read. People you want to know. They point you to Jesus and make you want to be in community with believers like them.
Steve and Jamie, thank you for writing. Thanks for opening a window into your lives, and for being obedient to what God has told you to do.