Christ came to seek and save the lost and he calls his church to join in. This is missions: Where God delights in beautiful feet that carry good news to the ends of the earth. And among Africa’s peoples, this is our mission. If you have a heart for those who don’t yet have the gospel, your path may well intersect with ours.
We are ordinary people
We leave our homelands. Raise our funding. Cross oceans to places of uncertainty. Stay for years, learn foreign languages, and love people who might be difficult to love. Yes, ordinary people do this. We come to this extraordinary journey as people who are, quite possibly, just like you. We are moms and dads, singles, retirees. We are blue collar families, seasoned business builders, freshly-minted college grads, and students still searching for a vision of their future. We come from every walk of life and every stage of life. Some of us expected missions would one day be part of our story, and some of us have been caught completely by surprise.
We are not superstars, super spiritual, or super human. We arrive at this curious intersection with global missions simply because we feel God leading and we share His deep love for a lost and thirsty world. If there’s an uncommon faith, courage, or strength involved, these things come later. They are more of a result than a prerequisite. Serving in missions is not especially complicated. It is but a series of ordinary acts – daily unfolding as we practice life in community, speak truth, and show compassion. Acts that ordinary people – rooted and abiding in Christ – are better equipped for than you might imagine.
Yes, it can be hard. Really hard. But we don’t go or stay by our own strength. Our sufficiency comes from Christ.
This extraordinary journey
It changes us. As we live in places so remote that the stars at night seem to touch the earth. Or when we become so attuned to the rhythms of a modern African city that it begins to feel like home. We are changed as we make ourselves small enough to embrace the bigness of Africa’s massive cultural diversity, and open enough to build friendships within this strange and storied landscape.
What is extraordinary is not so much what you will see but how you will see it. Cross-cultural ministry offers a unique view of God’s redeeming work in some of the hardest places on earth. It also helps us to see a bit more through his eyes – re-framing what is truly important. As we are both dwarfed by and swept up in these experiences, this priceless new perspective is one of our rewards. And it stays with us for a lifetime. Africa is not easily forgotten.