Bro. Aaron, a missionary working among the Muslims in North Africa, challenged us this past weak with a simple yet powerful message on overcoming F.E.A.R., especially when working in a creative access country. He stated F.E.A.R. was False Expectations Appearing Real and then gave us four points that each Christian needs to apply to their lives to overcome F.E.A.R. and be bold witnesses for Christ.
1) Be Around Biblical People (Philippians 1:20)
2) Think Biblical Thoughts (Philippians 4:8)
3) Say Biblical Words (Matthew 12:34)
4) Do Biblical Things (Whole Bible)
These four points may seem obvious or even too simple, but you would be surprised at how many missionaries and people working in creative access countries do not follow or do them.
Being around Biblical people means not being around those who cause others to fear. Think Biblical thoughts means you need to fill your mind up with BIBLE and not focus on the wrong things or you will be too afraid to be useful. Say Biblical Words means we speak Bible, preach the Gospel, and encourage, not discourage others from doing great things for God. Finally, do Biblical things, just mean to align your actions up with the Bible, be an obedient Child of God!
I think many missionaries going to creative access countries need to evaluate their ministry and life. Ask yourself the following: Are you around others who cause you to fear or be bold? Are your thoughts always full of fear about the country you are in and the people you are around or are you thinking of bold ways to risk your life and get the gospel to them? Are your words discouraging others from being bold? Is your ministry following the Biblical patterns of ministry laid out in the book of Acts.
Let me end with this quote by Bro. Aaron that sums it all up, “Christ cannot be famous while Christians remain anonymous.”