Dependency is the issue in missions … You Westerners, you know how to minister from strength, but you don’t know how to minister from weakness. So it makes those of us who are weak, we don’t know how to partner with you.
When Tim was a young boy growing up in the mission field with his parents, Steve Saint was one of his friends.
Have you ever ministered to others from the place of weakness in your own life?
This is the poem Saint reads:
and begged Him for one priceless gift, which I could call my own.
I took the gift from out His hand, but as I would depart I cried,
‘But Lord, this is a thorn and it has pierced my heart.
This is a strange and hurtful gift which Thou hast given me.’
He said, ‘My child, I give good gifts. I gave My best to thee.’
I took it home. And though at first the cruel thorn hurt sore,
as long years passed I learned at last to love it more and more.
I learned He never gives a thorn without this added grace:
He takes the thorn to pin aside the veil which hides His face.