When I was in high school I was starting to think about being a missionary, but there were two big scary things I couldn't imagine doing, seemed like hurdles I didn't think I could get over.
They were: learning and functioning in another language, and support raising (ie not getting paid by an employer but living off what other Christians give you).
At this point in time I have a very different experience of these 2 things compared to what I thought it was going to be like.
Not only have they not been hurdles, they are actually 2 ongoing parts of my "job description" that I actually really enjoy!
We've recently made some visits to Bible study groups and its been a really encouraging time. I guess when I was starting out in support raising I was just wondering how on earth I would get enough money to live on. That hasn't been a problem at all, and there is so much else to support raising, or partnership development.