If I had been a missionary my favourite part would be the stories I could collect.
I once met an elderly missionary who, as a young woman, had gone to the boondocks of Indonesia and was stationed in a small village. There were no amenities in the village and all the villagers used the river for their ablutions. Nudity meant nothing to them.
Well, the missionary wasn't going to go down that particular path and she sponged herself as well as she could but Indonesia is a very hot place. She said that as the days went by she became smellier and smellier until, after a fortnight, she decided to risk it.
She watched the villagers for a couple of days and realised that bathing in the river was such a natural thing for them to do that nobody seemed to notice. So one morning, just after dawn, she went to the river, stripped, and bathed.
But nobody had ever seen a WHITE woman do it before and the ent ire village -- men, women and children -- turned out to watch.
Eventually they all got used to each other.
She told that story in 1960 and I never forgot her. :-)
I'm not one but it is not easy. My friend goes into jungles to witness to tribes that have not been visited. His white skin has saved him many a time. They think he is a god until he teaches them truth. The food he eats is horrid. But they think it is a delicacy. He once was served a fat baked rat with its feet sticking straight up. YES ... He ate it.
I have been on a week mission trip with church and loved getting to work with the kids. We taught a dance camp for a week and had devotions every day which was great. I learned a bunch from that trip and was thankful to be able to go.
My family and I are from the USA. We moved to Mexico in 2010 to preach the word of God to individuals here. We travel throughout Mexico going into areas that are remote and speaking to all people. For me personally, I just gain so much satisfaction from sharing all of the truths of the Bible with people. When I see their face light up as they learn something new I get as excited as they do. Many years ago, these truths were shared with me. Jesus said that we received free so we should give free (Matthew 10:8). So, in turn, I freely share these with others and even provide them with Bibles in their own language (without cost to them) if they do not have one. This is the best career any individual can have. I personally have very little when it comes to material possessions or money and yet I have never been more satisfied in life. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share this.