We had a dog on our mission station. It was a big short haired Chinese mongrel dog. We just called him Whoodza (which means "dog" in Chinese). He was a watch dog, and was very ferocious with most people, especially the Chinese. He would nip at their heels, as he was trained to watch out for robbers and intruders. However, he adopted me as his favorite little person, and became my protector. I could do anything with him. I used to hold up his back legs and walk him around on his front legs like a wheelbarrow. I played with him and I loved him a lot.
One day, Whoodza saw me walking with interest towards a big banana leaf that was quivering on the ground. He pushed ahead of me, ran to the leaf, whipped out a snake from under it and threw it against the compound wall, breaking it's back. It was a poisonous snake and would surely have bitten me.
I thank the Lord for His protection of me that day. As you pray for your missionaries, remember to pray for God's protection for the children and the dangers that they face in foreign countries.