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My Letter to Future Goers

Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2024

I arrived in the Middle East a little more than 2 1/2 years ago and it really feels like home. After my 2 year commitment with GoCorps, I decided to extend my stay here for as long as possible. There really is nothing more fulfilling and life-giving than serving the Lord. 

When I was seven years old, I decided that I was going to be an international worker. My dad sat with me, as most nights he did, and read one of my favorite stories, The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. I know that is not necessarily an international worker's book, but there was a scene in that book that changed my life trajectory forever. Within the walls of Mr. Beaver's home, the main characters learn that Aslan is a lion. Quite uncertain of Aslan's character, Lucy asks, "Is he-- quite safe?" to which Mr. Beaver replies, "Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you." Often I think of that moment. It was the day I decided to pray daily, "Lord do not lead me to comfort but to where your goodness can be found.

Fifteen years later God would bring me to a place where my comfort is often tested, but ultimately His goodness surrounds me. I have high praise for GoCorps because they helped enable my journey with God to deepen and unfold more. I met my fiance on my team, one of my best friends and I often laugh as he teaches me my 3rd language while we speak my second language, and my community surrounds me with love and encouragement to delve deeper with God. I am not the same man I was when I first arrived. I have become fully convinced of the power and necessity of the Gospel for myself and others.  

Instead of talking about trials and troubles, I would rather insist on the great treasure that we have stored up in Christ. For suffering, discomfort, longing to be reunited with family, feelings of helplessness, second-hand trauma, sadness and grieving, doubt,  and numbness are all straw when compared to the weight of God's glory and grace. Even when we are faithless, He is faithful. The most astonishing thing for me to learn upon coming to the field was that He really is everything He claims to be. He really is. In my weakness, He is able. Everything that you are feeling right now, future goer, He knows. All this world belongs to our Father, so why should we fear or grow tired of fundraising? He will provide in time. He is Jehovah Shalom, so why should doubt, anxiety, or heartsick longing disturb our peace? He is our Good Sheperd, so what business do we have doubting where He leads? 

So then take heart reader for myself and thousands of other workers across the world are praying for you.  The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few, so come with us. I attest that the real and living God is on the move so I encourage you, instead of waiting for Him, to meet Him where He is waiting for you. Take every necessary step to not only draw you closer to action but also to the Father. I know I have to write pretty ambiguously since I must preserve my security in the country, but I hope to meet some of you someday on the field! See y'all soon!

"Jesus does not sit with sitters and sleep with sleepers, but He goes with goers and works with workers." -Reinhard Bonke

"Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will."                -Johnathan Edwards

"Christ says, "Give me All. I don't want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want You. I have not come to torment your natural self, but to kill it. No half-measures are any good...Hand over the whole natural self, all the desires which you think innocent as well as the ones you think wicked--the whole outfit. I will give you a new self instead. In fact, I will give you Myself: my own will shall become yours.”          -C. S. Lewis

 

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