Frightening Thought

> “Darling, has it ever occurred to you that we might be called to stay here?”

> “. . .”

> “It hasn’t occurred to you.”

> “No! I want to live in a place where we can afford to live in a house! Where we could afford to build a house. Where we… why?”

> “Well, it’s just that… if you have any missionary zeal at all, and you know God has called you to the United States, there are only two places to go.”

> “The West coast, and the Northeast.”

> “Yep. The middle part doesn’t need missionaries; they just need evangelists.”

I do have a little missionary zeal in me. I used to imagine how I would go about it if I were called to the Navajo Indians in 1807, or to Hawaii during the Second Great Awakening. But I’m called to minister in America and, except for on reservations and among foreign students, there’s no mission work left to be done. Then again, you should see this place. There are Christians here, and even more people who call themselves Christians, but are “beyond all that.”

So, if you have any missionary zeal at all, and you know you’re called to the Americas, what better place to come than here? I’m hardly saying I know I’m called to stay here (don’t cry for me yet, mother dearest!) but Lord, the fields are white!

3 thoughts on “Frightening Thought”

  1. If you think it is a frightening thought – it might not be a true calling – but an echo of what will be. When things are ment to be there is only confidence and assurance that your path is right, your commitment is secure, and you are doing what you have faith in.

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  2. It’s not that the thought itself was frightening as it is more “oh! I hadn’t thought of that!” It doesn’t frighten either of us that we might be called to this area, I just hadn’t thought about it until Kyle had mentioned it. I know where the need is and I know that Kyle is called to fulfill that need. I myself have become quite interested in the local WIC program and how I might be able to be involved with it/improve it.

    Most of the people who who would think this a frightening thought would be our families who are a bazillion miles away at the moment. We don’t necessarily like being that far away but the calling is similar to being called as a foreing missionary in another country. You go where God leads you whether your nervous about the location or not.

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