Timothy was an unlikely missionary. He had the wrong pedigree. He clearly had weaknesses as well as strengths. He was like us. And because of that similarity, he can teach us much about who can be a missionary, what they can do, and how they are empowered by the Holy Spirit to do it. Timothy's example gives us many practical insights into what a "real missionary" is like as well as the theology supporting those insights. The author, who himself served as a missionary in Pakistan for twelve years, illustrates these insights with many practical examples from the field.
P. Frank Van Dalen was born of Dutch immigrant parents in New Zealand. He studied law and then went to the USA to study theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. After completing his MDiv, and marrying the daughter of missionaries to Pakistan, he became a missionary with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church serving in Pakistan for twelve years. In 2005 he became the Executive Director of World Witness, the Foreign Missions Board of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.