Right now it is Sunday night, technically Monday morning, at 12:13 am.
I need to go to bed, but this is cathartic for me, and I need to get it out.
- Pray that I make it through this week.
- Pray that I enjoy teaching.
- Pray that The Aroma transitions to two Sunday services smoothly and has all things in place for that to be able to work. We are running out of space in the cafe to hold one service! This is a praise but also a challenge. 🙂 Thank God for all the good things he is doing here in Ximen!
- Please pray for physical, mental, and emotional, and spiritual health.
- Please pray for those Jai-O moments that I wrote about.
- Please pray for a piano for me. Still have not gotten my Steinway 😉
If you want to be a missionary,
Since you are a missionary,
Christian= missionary. Read your Bible. None of this “I am not called to do that work” nonsense. Or “God made gave me the gift of service, not evangelism.” No. God gave you that gift to serve the body and he has called all of his disciples to spread the good news. I do not think any of his disciples and early followers would have said to Jesus, “Lord, I just don’t have what it takes to go talk to people.” No, they went, and they likely had all sorts of spiritual gifts to add to their witness. Being a witness means telling of what you have experienced. Not of trying to convince people. That’s God’s business. Our business is to obey.
DO NOT THINK YOU HAVE TO GO TO ANOTHER COUNTRY.
It may seem challenging to “be a missionary” in your own surroundings because people know you and you do not want to offend them. You may be thinking, Wow, that country is exotic! or, I know God has called me to some other country because I don’t feel at home here. or even, Living overseas will be a fun adventure, and I get to serve Jesus. What better thing could happen??
These may be true. But just know that being a witness in your context is the most important thing. This week Caleb (former house dad, before I moved to Ximen, the same part of Taipei where the Aroma is) said what I have begun to feel lately– “We think that being a missionary is this glorious thing, and then we get there [any country] and realize, ‘Hey, I’m just living life alongside other people, just like I was doing back in the States’ and it brings us back to reality.”
That is one of the biggest hardships for me. I think that I need to be doing ‘something else’ for God. I am not willing to just stay and teach. I want to be doing something in the church, and I forget that God uses me in Sunshine American School just as much as he would use me in Timber Bay Camp or the Aroma Church. Location really does not matter. You will be living alongside others, doing daily life no matter where you think you are called to.
So do not think that there is this ‘thing’ that makes an overseas missionary different than you. It is called geography. That is all.
COUNT THE COST.
You will suffer.
You will miss your family.
You will miss your home.
You will doubt yourself and your purpose.
But it is worth it, because, and all and only because, God told you to go. Do not give up.
PROVISION IS YOURS
His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.
2 Peter 1:3
Memorize God’s living and active Word and speak it over your life.
Keep the faith.