I just got back from copy typing for 3 hours straight… now to typing out my blog post! Up side: this is actually something I am wanting to type! Lol
Okay I really enjoy meeting new people, i have probably said that before, but meeting fellow believers that I have never known but suddenly have a great connection with, or even unbelievers that I meet and start having a great conversation with it will make my day! Honestly I feel like my words run out when talking to an unbeliever and everything is just surface level conversation, whereas with a believer you can go so much deeper. Well obviously where I am going with this is that I met someone new! But goodness this tops so much! They were missionaries to Papua New Guinea, from a little Mennonite city no less! (There is hope for all!) This couple gave a little presentation on Ethnos (a missions organization) and some of their story.
Growing up I read A LOT! Any mystery/adventure, biography or true story I could get my hands on i would devour! I loved missionary stories! Especially Jim Elliot, Gladys Aylward, Amy Carmichael and Corrie Ten Boom! A quote that I have never forgotten from a book that I read on Jim Elliot was, “He is no fool that gives what he cannot keep to gain want he cannot lose!”. You can’t keep your life! But oh can give your life for a cause that is much greater than any success this world could ever offer. Gladys Aylward and Amy Carmichael were my hearts cry to be. They protected the hurt and rejected and spread God's love while doing it! And, oh were they brave soldiers for the Lord!!! They inspired my heart and still do! Corrie Ten Boom’s story of honest human struggle and yet unfathomed forgiveness for people has always challenged me. And her sermons are amazing! From stories like those and many others I have always felt called to more than just a college education and a career. Those aren’t wrong but if you can’t serve Jesus in them then is it really worth it?!
So yesterday I got to chat with a missionary of 21 years! It was really encouraging. All that she and her husband have had to learn being in a foreign country and even coming back to there home church was challenging and convicting to my heart. She said they had to learn to selflessly live when they would come back for a break every few years, because people honestly didn’t really know how to talk to them! She said she had to realize that life was not about how she was doing and people being interested in her life, it was about serving people no matter what. Always being a blessing.
Listening to them speak lit that spark in my heart for unreached people. God cares about them too. He made them too! To think that everyone has heard about Jesus and what he did for them is naive. What struck me to is that in all of the videos they showed us the missionaries where all families! They didn’t put it off! What a childhood those children are having… although lonely I’m sure, it is a childhood that not very many get and one to be very proud of in my mind. We are call to be evangelists wherever we are in life, it takes a connection with Jesus to share what he has done for you! But why keep silent?! If you have the good news within you don’t keep it to yourself!