Thursday, May 7, 2009

Missionaries following the call

Last week in my meetings with Pioneers (www.pioneers.org ), I inquired about something that was weighing on my mind and I was told a fascinating statistic.  Pioneers has 1,000 missionaries serving all over the world and do several orientation trainings every year.  In those trainings, roughly 40% have no idea where they are going to be serving and around 10% have an idea but change the area during orientation.  After talking to Pastor Viv who was a missionary in Africa for 35 years, he agreed with the stat and even gave his own testimony of how God moved in his life, called him to missions but he never really knew where to serve except in Africa.  In that time, Viv faithfully served in Nigeria, Kenya and Sudan.  I find it reassuring to read about the great men and women of faith like Adonirom Judson, William Carey, Amy Carmichael, etc that moved around until God planted them in the soil where they were to flourish. All God wanted was a submitted, available heart, to be used by the Potter’s hands!

 

1 comment:

andy said...

Art, I can attest to this. I've seen it several times, not only with us, but also with others. There's a call to get out to the mission field, or to some ministry opportunity, and then, the Lord just seems to change things, and then the real door opens, one we may not have signed up for originally, but are now ready for.

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