Doing should flow from being.

When a missionary becomes detached from the One who is life, meaningful ministry evaporates. The key to fruit bearing is abiding; the quality of the fruit is directly related to the consistency of the abiding.

What happens when cross-cultural workers become spiritually anemic? Their ministry becomes more informational than relational. More mechanical. Operating on autopilot. Not only does their own relationship with the Lord suffer, but so does everyone downstream.

It is imperative that we who care for missionaries learn to spot spiritual anemia – and how to deal with it. More on that next week.