In the preparation of his servants, God uses crucible experiences that test and purify us. This is no less true of missionaries than of any other servants of God. In a previous post in this blog, I looked at Scripture verses that speak of crucibles and noted some different types of crucible experiences. I emphasized that our response to these crucible experiences is critical. If they are to be transformative, we need to identify and extract from these difficult and often painful experiences that which God has intended that we learn from it.
How do we do that? How do we mine crucibles? I think we need to begin by learning from Jesus. He not only went through the crucible in order to purchase our redemption, but he shows us how to persevere and learn from these experiences.