In a recent article, I explored the “Six Permissions Most MKs Need.” This is a companion piece, one that recognizes the different needs of adults in ministry.
Extending these permissions might reduce the pressure that becomes toxic to missionaries. Sometimes that pressure is self-inflicted—derived from the unachievable standards they levy on themselves. And sometimes it’s imposed by supporters and churches who mean well, but fail to measure the human toll of a life in ministry.
Source: OSCAR – OSCARactive – Articles
To sum it up, I think missionaries (as well as church planters and all other ministers), need permission to be human. We're all human. We're all broken, in need of our healer.
And God moves powerfully through our brokenness to reveal His love, power, and grace.