During my years of service with OM, I have come across various opinions and ideas regarding my work, my life, and even my mental state. Some people (mostly non-Christians) don’t hesitate to share their negative feelings towards missions in general. At the same time, there are Christians that put missionaries on a pedestal and declare them to be saints. I believe the truth lies somewhere in between. Here are nine misconceptions I have heard or I shared myself before joining the mission field.