From a very young age, we learned to respond when spoken to. If an adult asks you to do something, you respond with a respectful “yes ma’am” or “yes sir,” and immediately do what has been asked of you. With Christ in our hearts, the same rule applies: When God calls, you obey.
In 2009, God called us to go through the Ministerial Internship Program (MIP), which we did. He then called us to serve in our local church for the following five years. We felt happy where we were, but at the same time, we knew something bigger was ahead, although we had not found that one area of ministry we felt a call. We knew God would reveal it in His time. That time came on a missions trip to Honduras in 2014. Our lives were changed forever.
Afterward, we met with our pastor who already knew what had taken place. The Holy Spirit had spoken to him concerning our calling. The pastor was, and still is, one of our greatest encouragers. We knew God had confirmed what we felt. We then met with a missionary couple who were our translators on the trip, and we shared our hearts, asking what to do to pursue this calling. We knew nothing about the process, but they promised to pray for us and get us the information we needed.
After the initial two meetings, we devoted ourselves to praying and fasting.
In October 2014, we received the message that changed our lives. There was an opportunity in the same city we had visited in Honduras. We were filled with great emotion as we read the details. We discussed all aspects of moving our family, and in January 2016, we boarded a plane with a 2-year-old, a 6-month-old, 12 suitcases, and mixed emotions. After almost two years and many challenges, one thing has remained constant—God’s peace.
Through all the difficulties, He always reminds us we are where He desires us to be. The mission field is not always a friendly place. Learning a new language and culture can be overwhelming, but His grace is sufficient and His mercies are new every morning.
For someone feeling called to missions, seek wisdom from your spiritual leaders and talk to missionaries. Above all, pray and fast about how God wants to use you. He will reveal the steps He wants you to take when you are devoted to seeking His face.