Think about it: how many single female missionaries are on your prayer list, and how many single male missionaries?
However, the imbalance here at home isn't nearly as wide as it is on the mission field, is it?
Indeed, getting married while overseas seems to be a significant occurrence for those single guys who begin their service alone. Even in some of the remotest parts of the globe, pornography in all of its insidious forms can snatch unmet sexual desires of unmarried men alone in a foreign culture.
Diligent single male missionaries who find themselves tempted in this way learn quickly what the Apostle Paul instructs regarding singles who can't keep themselves sexually pure: marry! The Right Kind of Burn-Out So, what does all of this say about the single women who far outnumber the opposite gender on the mission field?
Perhaps the men who overcome these arguments against pursuing missions also realize such a commitment—in terms of practicality—requires a wife as well, regardless of the financial factor.
Maybe that's why most of the men who serve in overseas missions either are married when they arrive, or get married soon after.
Or, have they somehow been conditioned to better accommodate the struggles and challenges of cross-cultural ministry without a spouse for support?
Might they be more adept at focusing on rewards over risks?All of the respondents were single, except one male who recently got married after seven years as a single missionary.Because most of this survey's participants minister in sensitive countries, and since none profess expertise in gender issues, their identities and missions agencies will remain confidential.Then, too, perhaps the logic men are reputed to master plays a role.Abandoning tangible opportunities for ministry at home to travel halfway around the world to a foreign language and culture doesn't necessarily make a lot of practical sense, does it?But people groups outside the Western world, with mindsets and lifestyles so different from ours, can suddenly make discipleship a much more bewildering struggle. British missionary Henry Martyn wrote excruciatingly plaintive journal entriesabout whether he should marry before departing England for India.