Yet I had never investigated Christianity, nor read one page of the Bible, because I assumed that having been raised in North America, I already understood it.
Then I read two books that changed my life. The first was the novel, The Fall , by Albert Camus , a French atheist existentialist who convinced me that I was a sinner. That may sound an odd conclusion to draw from reading an atheist author, but his unflinching analysis of the human heart was so devastating that it erased any possibility of my becoming an optimistic humanist!
Yet Camus had no answers to explain the good we do see. I then came across a book by C. Lewis , Mere Christianity. Lewis introduced me to the landscape of Christianity, and he sparked my interest in the Bible. I began reading the Gospels and found myself captivated by Jesus.
But it took a while! Bill: What did the Lord use in your life primarily to call you into the ministry you lead now? I found myself offended by some of the approaches I saw very well-meaning Christians use. So, I began looking at how Jesus talked about faith. I was struck by his tremendous compassion and love for people — how he showed respect by listening carefully to people — and roused their curiosity in faith by asking brilliant questions.
He treated no one as an evangelistic project yet he shared the gospel with great creativity. I started to put all that into practice myself. Then after getting my M.
I began teaching the students how to put the Jesus Way of Witness into practice — and oh my, the fruit we saw! Becky: That Jesus was willing to become human, while still remaining divine — for us and for all salvation. Imagine it! Jesus actually showed us what it means to be truly human. What a difference that makes in life and witness! We have learned so much from Christians worldwide and have been so humbled to see their sacrifice and commitment to Christ. Bill: What would you desire attendees at Mission ConneXion Northwest come away with as a result of your participation and expression? Becky: My prayer, above all else, is that all of us would fall hopelessly in love with Jesus in a whole new way.
Dick : My parents were godly missionaries. I remember sitting in a little African church at about 7 years old and after my father finished preaching and gave the altar call, a response to give our all to Jesus, I turned to my Kenyan friend — Jimmy Baraza — and said to him…. B: What did the Lord use in your life primarily to call you into the ministry you lead now? D: When I was 16, I walked out of the dorm of my boarding school and looked up at the glorious heavens, for my school was located on the great Rift Valley , far from any light pollution and the stars were startling.
Seeing the glory of God in the heavens Psalm 19 and knowing in my spirit that if the heavens so declare the glory of God and there is no language where their speech is unknown…. God used the stars to call me into missions with a focus on unreached peoples.
D: The realization that no mission agency, no nationality, no person can complete the great commission outside of unity with the body of Christ. I have a deep desperation therefore to fight for unity in the body of Christ so that the gospel might be preached to every people, so that we can all go home — eternal life, united with Christ, united forever with no schisms. D: Certainly not in uniformity. The beauty of a unified body is in our differences.
My experience in Sudan is that need fosters unity across the body of Christ. I need to honestly come to terms with my limitations and weaknesses, to honestly admit that I need others, before I will lay down my preferences for the great good of unity. Unity in the body is costly, we have to lay something down in order to take it up. When do you most experience oneness with the Father and Son, as you carry out your life and ministry? D: While there is a beauty in corporate worship, a union of the whole with the Godhead, I most experience unity with God Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in my quiet abiding times with Him.
Morning prayer walks, Bible reading with a cup of Chai, evening sessions singing old hymns at the piano. B: What would you desire attendees at Mission ConneXion Northwest come away with as a result of your participation and expression? A hunger for Him and only Him.
A longing for His presence and to spend extravagant daily time with Him. A commitment to abiding with Him all day long. An understanding that our most sacred ambition is actually not to be a missionary, but to be with Christ…which is far better. Today, both Tim and Megan Reed are on the mission field. This is her story…. Megan: At seven years old I felt very strongly that God was calling me to be a medical missionary in Asia. I grew up in a very missional family and I think the strong focus on sharing the good news of Jesus no matter where you are had a significant impact on my life.
M: I once heard a sermon that said that God uses the hard things in our lives to mold us and to take our weak hearted, soft will to follow God and strengthen and harden it until you have an iron resolve to follow God regardless of the circumstances. The hardest situation came a mere five months after I finally left the USA for my first mission assignment.
I got a call from my Dad to tell me that my Mom had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. I really wrestled with what to do. I had worked hard to get to the mission field and now I was contemplating going back to the USA only a few months into my first assignment. He wastes nothing.
M: I have always loved people, loved science, loved to help and to help others especially. I think these combined to motivate my career choice.
Description The Seeds of Hope is a religious institution located in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, particularly in the Bloomfield area. Especially in Europe there was a call to give eschatology greater prominence in mission thought. It is also enabling Latin American Christians to serve in mission both within the region and across the world, sharing the gifts of the Latin American church. In a context with high persecution and low gospel exposure, the question becomes even more complex. To lead is also to listen, not just to talk: Mary is all ears; she listens to the word of the angel, and she hears God's word in what the angel says.
That, and I always felt God called me to medical missions, I just later narrowed down the branch of medicine based on my personality and preferences. I saw deep love for God in their lives and an intentionality about keeping their faith integrated with their life. B: Was the vision always clear for you, or did you doubt His direction during any of the time growing up, etc.? God used and redeemed that and has used it many times to help me to share the good news with people who have grown up religious but have never had a real walk with God. They can relate to my story. I actually struggled quite a bit in the decision to come back from the mission field after only being overseas for 5 months.
I had worked for almost 20 years to get to the mission field and now I had to go back. However, her death has opened up doors of relationship because those I serve have suffered a lot of loss, especially of close loved ones, and it gives a common bond and a common platform. It has given me more compassion but also more drive to share the gospel with a more concrete reality of the fragility and brevity of life. God will guide you, but first you must really know him, not about him, and you must know his Word. Out of this will flow so many things you need, to follow his call on your life.
It will help you stay grounded in sound theology in times of suffering and testing, it will help you survive and thrive in the hard and dry seasons, and it will help you return to the right source — Christ — when you are overwhelmed. God is faithful to guide.
All you must do is intentionally walk with him and he will guide your footsteps. Put the boat in the water, God will shut doors, but he will also get you through hard times. Please let others know of this opportunity to meet and pray together. Their journey into missions was not typical, or easy.
Growing Missionaries Biblically: A Fresh Look at Missions in an African Context [ Dr. R. Zarwulugbo Liberty] on powscantconre.tk *FREE* shipping on qualifying. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Dr. R. Zarwulugbo Liberty is president of Africa Missionaries Biblically: A Fresh Look at Missions in an African Context.
I recently caught up to interview him after not being in touch for several years. This is his story….