But before I get into the process of how this came about, I'd like to ask a different question, "Why missions?" Why is it that so many of us spend so much time deliberating over whether God has called us into the mission field or not? Has He not given us a command and commission? Has He not told us to take His gospel unto all the nations and to make disciples of all peoples?
Matt. 28:18-20 - The Great Commission: "And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
There has been commands and commissions given to us. In asking if God has called you to missions, the answer will always be yes, but the next question will be, "Where Lord will you have me go?" That place may be exactly where you are right now, or it may be somewhere in the U.S., but it may also be a place that will strip you of your comfort and force you to rely upon His grace alone to complete the work He has charged you with.
I believe that God has called me to obey His Great Commission in the context of full-time ministry and possibly a long term career overseas. Whether or not that will ultimately be the case, I cannot say; all I know is that God has placed in my heart a desire to be trained for the mission field. So in asking the question, "Where, Lord, will you have me go," I came to realize that the place I go to is not as important as the reasons why I go. Missions is nothing more than light going into a place of lesser light in order to shine the light of the worship of God in darkness. If God has called you to missions, should you go to the place where there seems to be the most harvest, the least harvest, the least reached, the most need? No one can really say, but I believe that you should simply follow the leading of God through His Spirit and prayer and lay open your plans wishing only to serve and represent Christ as His ambassador in a place of darkness. This really could be anywhere.
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That was a long description of the process of my choice. But in the long run, if it were any other place I would be just as excited about the upcoming possibilities for ministry, missions, and the work of the