Here we are again.
To be honest, I don’t even know where to start this time… other than to simply say that Tyler, Hannah and I (Rod) will be participating in a March Break Mission Trips once again. This time in very different ways, but still short term missions.
Once again, we have to surround ourselves with prayer support and raise some significant dollars. More about that later.
I’m not sure where to start in “the ask” this time because, to be honest, I know I ask often. This has caused me to reflect and seek why God would once again ask me (and Tyler and Hannah) to participate again. Doesn’t God know that people get tired of being asked to pray for and financially support others doing missions (locally or cross-culturally)? Doesn’t He know that people are busy, our economy is battered, and people don’t want another thing to add to the list?
I was sharing this with someone the other day, someone I didn’t know well. He said something that has echoed thru my thoughts since. What he said was not new to me, but his conviction (I think) stood out to me. He simply reminded me that, “God calls some to go and gives the rest the opportunity to support those that are called to go.”
I’ve heard that said before in a variety of ways. In the past I often cringed at it because for many it is used as an excuse to not go. I would hear this most often when talking about our family’s ten month mission trip to Bolivia. So many saying, “We could never do that!” would make me want to push back and say why not? I agree, not everyone could, but to dismiss it without a look is not the right answer either. Too many times we said the same thing before Bolivia… “We could never do that! How can we take the kids out of school for a year? What about our house, we can’t sell it and we can’t raise donations to pay the mortgage in our absence! We have to raise $55,000?! In four months?! We could never do that!”
We had so many opportunities to back out of the Bolivia trip, but chose to seek God’s direction each step. And, being honest, many times did not know how God was going to take care of some ‘big’ details till His timing.
Yet, here we stand, with our Bolivia trip already over two years behind us. We still have conversations and ‘ah ha’ moments about the incredible impact on us individually and as a family. We have a deeper prayer life and understanding for long term missionaries and our kids have an educational experience no school, public or Christian, could give them.
God is good.
Back to the earlier comment. I felt as I was hearing it again, that maybe it’s ok to be the one called to go. I feel, as I reflect back, I always wanted to be the one who supported the one called to go… that, in my warped sense of pride, there is something great about saying, “I financially support X number of missionaries!” It just sounds nicer, again, in my pride, than saying “I have had to depend on $$$ of support.”
My new friend in the above conversation was unknowingly giving me, perhaps for one of the first time, a glimpse of that pride in my life and the reverse side of the coin. You see, he also showed me that others were doing what I was doing to them. While I was secretly wishing I could be proud that I was supporting a bunch of missionaries, he (as someone supporting missionaries) was secretly wishing he could be the one God called to “go” to the mission field and was somewhat envious that was the one going.
I guess, in all of this, I am saying that God seems to have it all figured out. In His Kingdom economics, He has us where we need to be… that the real challenge is more about listening to his calling in our lives. You see, I am confident in my call to “go.” I am confident in our family’s call to serve others, locally and cross culturally. Just as confident as my friends call to financially and prayerfully support those who were called to go.
One more thing before I wrap this up. As I typed this, I ended up revisiting a bunch of our Bolivian posts. Check out our Merry Christmas from Bolivia video here. Our kids look sooo young!
A few Details
This year, Tyler will be going back to the Dominican Republic LightHouse Projects with Compass Community Church. Hannah is joining the Junior High Mission Trip to Windsor to help with a VBS style week and some community work with at risk kids. Finally, I (Rod) am leading the CBOQ (Canadian Baptist of Ontario and Quebec) Youth Mission trip to the LightHouse Project as well (Tyler and I will be on the same trip, but with different teams).
If you are able to financially support one of us, we thank you. If you are able to support each of us, it is a bit complicated. Because we are essentially on three different teams, you’d have to send three different supports. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, but most importantly, we covet your prayers. Our family is able to do missions because of the prayer support we have had over the years. I know God has a reason for these rich experiences in my children’s lives and He will use them in significant ways as they become adults, so your prayers are needed.
Support for Tyler:
Iteams International – click here.
Support for Hannah:
Compass Community Church – Mail a cheque to (Put Hannah’s name and Windsor Mission Trip on the cheque), Compass Community Church, P.O. Box 86, Orangeville, Ontario, L9W 2Z5
Support for Rod
Iteams International – Click here.