Archive for May, 2018

Following God’s call
May 2, 2018

Only recently have I learned about the life, death and witness of Karen Watson of Bakersfield, California.

In 2003, Karen went as a humanitarian aid worker, and a missionary, to Iraq. In March 2004, she and four other workers were ambushed as they traveled in a vehicle. One worker survived; four others, including Karen, were killed. She was age 38.

After her death, her pastors opened a letter that Karen had written to them before going to Iraq. Here are selections from that letter.

You should only be opening this letter in the event of death.

When God calls, there are no regrets. I tried to share my heart with you as much as possible, my heart for the Nations. I wasn’t called to a place. I was called to Him. To obey was my objective, to suffer was expected, His glory was my reward, His glory is my reward….

The Missionary Heart
Care more than some people think is wise.
Risk more than some think is safe.
Dream more that some think is practical.
Expect more than some think is possible.

I was not called to comfort or success but to obedience.

There is no Joy outside of knowing Jesus and serving Him….

I am deeply challenged by the testimony and witness of this woman, Karen Watson. What is God saying to you?

Where Jesus sends us
May 2, 2018

On April 28 and 29, 2018, JoLene and I attended a missions conference in York, sponsored by Church and Community Empowering Enterprise, a missions organization founded and directed by Elias and Idotress Joseph, both ministers of the gospel, and both members of Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church of Harrisburg, PA..

At the conference, this quote was given, although I do not recall who said it:
“Jesus sends us to the highways and hedges, not the pews and carpets.”

Something to ponder. Easy to affirm, but in what ways am I practicing this?