At Mission Connexion 2016 in Portland, Bob Goff, author of Love Does, gave an invitation to join God in His mission. He said to step out and say yes to God. Bob stood on the edge of the stage and demonstrated that when you're standing on the edge of YIKES, you know that you're following God's plan.
Carl Medearis raised his family in Beirut, Lebanon. I recently read his book, "Adventures in Saying Yes to God," which was a story of following God in the Middle East.
As an adult, following God is a balance of obeying and asking God for more. God told me clearly to commit to Sweet Home, Oregon and invest in the lives of those we could touch there. During that time, we read books about missionaries and prayed for other countries. We were 100% committed there. And, at the same time, asking God for more. For the Christian, we can never be comfortable because this world is not our home. We are pilgrims and itinerant ministers. Our King's country spans the globe, and we are not to get comfortable. Instead, we are to be asking God to be part of His plan to bring millions to hope and life in Jesus.
After nine years in Sweet Home, God told me it was time to change locations. As an American, I'm conditioned to dig deep, secure roots. As a Christian, I follow a God-Man who didn't have a place to call home or even to lay His head at night. There is a tension when I am saying YES to God. That tension is between my need to be secure and in control and my responsibility to submit to and seek God's plan for saving the lost from eternal damnation.
As a child of God, I'm eager to show that I can do it. I'm eager to go with Dad to help Him with what He's up to. It's similar with James and Grace. They are excited for what God is doing here in Banaba House Ministries. They are seeing God's work through the matter-of-fact eyes of children. Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
We're a family on mission to bring the good news of Jesus to the Philippines.