Following God’s call

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?

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