People ask this question regularly.
We do our best to answer in light of their understanding of the term. Most people seem to see missionaries as ‘employees’ of a ‘religious group’ who are ‘assigned’ to ‘convert’ members of another culture to their ‘beliefs’.
Based on this generally-accepted definition, we easily respond, “No, we are not missionaries.”
Formal sources we checked are consistent in defining missionaries as those who are ‘sent out’ by a ‘church’ to ‘promote Christianity’. However, inconsistencies appear as to the destination (area or foreign country), the sender (group or agency), and even the purpose (faith or creed, activity or goal).
Such broad views lead us to repeat, “No, we are not missionaries.”
We are retirees whom God called to move to a different culture.
We are unencumbered volunteers living by our own resources with donations from individuals who are enthusiastic about our work.
We are dedicated to encouraging families and enhancing education under the divine authority of 1 Peter 3:15.
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”
In this final sense, we gladly declare, “Yes, we are missionaries.”