It’s official- we’re commissioned! For three weeks, Josh, Hosanna, and I were in Greenwood, Indiana at our final training with One Mission Society. Initially, Josh and I weren’t too excited… three weeks in a classroom? No thanks! However, we were happily surprised by how impactful many of the sessions were.
The best part of training was getting to know our fellow trainees. It felt like we were saying goodbye to a part of our family by the time our training came to an end. Coming from 5 ations, our group of missionaries will go out to serve in 8 different countries. So to our new family “additions”: thank you for inspiring us with your love for the Lord and obedience to Him!
I walked away from training with a renewed sense of the urgency of the gospel. It’s easy to walk around here in the States, seeing people who more or less look, speak, and act like I do- we eat the same foods, know the same idioms, and somewhere along the way I began to assume that each person I saw had the same opportunity to know God that I did. I mean, yes, I know there are lots of Americans out there who aren’t believers… but I assumed that was because they had heard the gospel and rejected it.
We had a chance to go to the mall in Greenwood and pray for those we encountered. As we strolled among the stores and middle-of-the-walkway vendors, I started seeing people in a new way. Instead of assuming they knew God, I started wondering if they’d had a chance to really know him, to understand His love for them. And if not- who was going to tell them? The Lord led me to pray with a Ukrainian man who hadn’t the slightest clue what I meant when I asked if I could pray for him (evidenced first by his exclamation that if I bought his hair products all my prayers would be answered, swiftly followed by his suggestion that I pray to his mother because she lived in the Holy City of Jerusalem).
My eyes were opened and I can’t go back… inch by inch, my passivity is being replaced by our Father’s passion. And as the normalcy of kingdom urgency becomes more at home in my heart, I find myself wondering how my care for the lost could have been so small, so distant in nature. When my world is revolving around me, my problems, my preferences, I’m so thankful for a God who will jolt me back to reality, to give me new focus on his holiness and glory. For a God who isn’t content to leave a single soul without an invitation into His presence.
God is faithful, and we trust that He will continue to raise up partners so we can carry out His work. We have a great praise that we are celebrating this month! God has opened the doors for us to speak at several new churches and small groups in the coming weeks. This is vital for us to continue finding new ministry partners to pray and give!
Here’s our current travel schedule:
3/25-26 Pearisburg, VA
3/30(ish)-4/10 Dallas, TX, San Antonio, TX (possibly Jackson, MS & Gonzales, LA)
4/14-4/19 Canton, GA (looking for weekday meetings)
We are looking for families, groups, and churches to speak with on the way to and from Texas. This is critical because we cannot make the trip without at least one more meeting scheduled! If you are in KY, GA, or a neighboring state and have friends or a small group that would be interested in our ministry in Taiwan, please let us know! You are our most important asset in making new connections.
If God is willing, we will leave in late May. My sister Laura flies to Taiwan May 31 for a month volunteering at one of our partner orphanages, and we would love to fly out with her! Please pray for God’s continued blessing over our travels and speaking engagements, and especially our fundraising efforts.