I don’t know who said the following quote but it appears on the Heartcry Missionary website.
“If the Christian is truly obedient to the Great Commission, he will give his life to go down into the well or to hold the rope for those who go down. Either way, the rope will be burned into his hands. The depth of the scars will determine the extent of the obedience. Have you surrendered your life to go to the lost peoples of the world, or have you surrendered your life to support those who go? What has the Great Commission cost you? Where are your scars?”
This is what burns in my soul. I know that I am called to hold the rope for those going down into the well- full time missionaries. For the missionaries that are out living it each day I can support them with prayer and finances. I am just praying that He will equip and strengthen me to do whatever I can to be the rope holder. I also know that I CAN go down the well where I live. I don't need to be a foreign missionary to tell others of Christ when there are so many where I live that don't understand the Gospel message. I just pray that the ropes burn so deeply into my palms that when I get to heaven I hear, “Well done good and faithful servant.”