Thirty seven years ago we were packing and preparing for our soon departure to serve in Papua New Guinea. Although we were adequately trained and equipped for this new venture in life –an investment of nearly four years, we felt some apprehensions amid the excitement of taking the gospel to an unreached people group. Who of us would say we ever felt specifically cut out or qualified for the career paths we’ve taken in life? While we may prepare ourselves with the necessary education to pursue a particular job, there is usually some hesitancy or inadequacy felt the first day on the job.
Up until this point in our lives we had never been on an airplane. After saying our goodbyes to family & friends we departed for New Guinea. It is still a place defined as “the land of the unexpected.” Following orientation we settled in a tribe. It was reassuring how comfortable we felt among the people. We then realized just how God had prepared us for such a time as this.
Over the years we’ve met many people who said to us “We could never do what you are doing.” …And they are right; they couldn’t! …Or could they??? We still hear that today as we continue challenging believers with the task of making disciples among the nations. The job is doable; we just need people who will put feet to their willingness and join the global team declaring Jesus in hard to reach places of the world.
But it takes equipping. We know there are individuals sitting in churches all across America who may be feeling God nudging their heart to serve, and yet they are apprehensive. We know the feeling! But as someone once told us “You can’t steer a parked car.” …And so we set the vehicle in motion.
While we realize everyone may not be a church planter or Bible teacher in a foreign context, each one of us has been entrusted the gospel for sake of impacting another. That might be in your community –your Jerusalem; it might be in a nearby town –your Judea; it might be in a prison –your Samaria; or it might be reaching one of the least-reached people groups of the world in need of the gospel –what we call the uttermost part of the world.
We’re here to help you explore that journey and to point you in the direction of specific training so you, too, can experience a fulfilling and impacting ministry. If you sense God is nudging you in this direction please connect with us and we will do our utmost to assist you in your journey to serving cross-culturally. It’s what we do.
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