It’s easier to be killed by a terrorist than it is to find a husband over the age of 40! Sleepless in Seattle
While at a medical missions conference I was struck by the imbalance of single men to single women. I have never understood why it is that on the mission field, for every single male there are approximately 10,000 single females. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but… Why is it that the women will listen to God’s calling and go single, but the men will either not go or will find a wife first? I thought we lived in a culture where men are strong and fear little. Is it fear? Are men not made to go to the mission field single, yet women are?
Today, we had an afternoon outing. Along the road we came across some shops that sold sheep skin hats, much like what you would think of the classic Russian winter hat. Since it gets so cold in Ethiopia, I thought it would be appropriate to buy a hat. For those of you that don’t know me… I am a very serious person. When I entered the bus, I asked everyone what they thought of my hat and told them it functioned as my husband magnet. One married man suggested I move on to plan B. Another, said it was more like a husband repellant. A married woman suggested that I stop trying so hard and simply place it in God’s hands. Another commented on the lovely Eau-de-Mutton scent. I just don’t see how anyone could resist me with said hat. So, I wore it on a walking safari. While on the safari, I realized that there weren’t any single men and I didn’t want to endanger the marriages of those on the trip, so I took off the hat.
Today, was a day that I could joke and laugh about being single in the mission field. It really was fun and the hat was passed around for many people to wear. For many singles, there are just as many tough days where we question what we are doing on the mission field without a husband and when will God provide. Some are better than others at placing their faith in Christ. If He plans for us to get married, he will provide, no matter where we may be. I thought it was due time someone wrote a letter to all the single men that want to go into missions.
Dear single man,
God has called you. Go! If you are looking for a mate, you will find one on the mission field. You may liken single female missionaries to a pack of wolves, if you get too many of us together. Individually though, we are all quite nice. It is time for you to pull up your big boy pants and Go!
Waiting impatiently, I mean patiently,
If you would like to more know more about the validity of the quote from Sleepless in Seattle you can check it out at http://www.snopes.com/science/stats/terrorist.asp
I also wanted to let you know that Soddo now consistently has electricity, but it isn’t strong enough for bigger items like the water pumps, so still no running water.