This here blog is getting the shaft these days. Kirby, Lynsey, and I have been sewing our faces off. In a few short weeks, I'll head back to Haiti with a bunch of fun, funky ideas for our ladies to try at the sewing center. My goal is to go back with a mock-up of each item. I'm sure our wicked talented seamstresses will take one look at my "sewing" and be glad to show this white girl up. I can't wait to see what becomes of all of these ideas once some Haitian hands touch these projects.
We're busy sewing, creating, and laughing our butts off. Which means we're faceless and buttless I guess. What a shame.
We're also busy doing all the last minute things that need to be done before Aaron leaves for the island. So much packing. My favorite thing. Bleh. Pretty soon I'll be standing in the line at the grocery store buying months and months worth of cheese, lunch meat, and bacon. Always entertaining.
Tomorrow we'll start a new giveaway.
I loved the post (below) from Desiring God's website. This sounds so much like our story, and what we tell people when they ask us how we knew if we were supposed to move to Haiti. I think people are disappointed that we didn't have a vision or a dream or see a floating Jesus pointing to an island in our Frosted Flakes. We didn't feel like we "surrendered to a call"...whatever that means. We just read the Bible and couldn't really come up with a good reason for staying when Jesus clearly says go.
Don't Complicate the Missionary Call
by David Sitton
I was never called to be a missionary, nor was I drafted. I volunteered. No special call was needed. I chose to go; I wanted to go; I was compelled to go. And where I go is always determined by an open Bible and a stretched-out map of the regions where Christ is still unknown and un-praised!
I chuckle when I hear missionaries and pastors talk about “surrendering to the call” of ministry. I always want to ask, “After you surrendered, were you water-boarded, or just hauled off in handcuffs and leg irons.” Was it really necessary for you to be abducted by a heavenly vision before you would go into the work of the gospel?
The missionary call is not like a prison dog that tracks us down, sniffs us out, and hog-ties us for the nations. That is silly-talk and really bad theology. Nowhere in Scripture is a mysterious (supernatural) call a prerequisite before we can respond to the Great Commission. The opposite is actually true.
Don’t Wait for a CallNo aspect of mission is more bogged down with extra-biblical baggage than the “missionary call.” The clear command of Christ “to go” should be, by itself, sufficient to set you on your way “into all the world. . . proclaiming the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15). You can’t go wrong by trying to go. Trust the Lord to direct your moving feet. If you are convinced of your “call” to “stay”, this will only serve as added confirmation that you are right. Don’t fear the risk of ending up some place the Lord doesn’t want you. Too many already took that “risk” when they assumed a stateside ministry or vocation with no confirmation other than their own desires.
Dramatic calls to ministry are the exception. If you have it in your heart to go, then go. Then, lean on the sovereignty of God to get you where he wants you in the harvest. Don’t worry about “running ahead of God.” You aren’t that quick!
Try to GoPaul tried to go into Asia, but the Lord wouldn’t let him. He then tried to go to Bithynia, but was “kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.” Still, he kept trying to go. I count at least six cities in Acts 16 where Paul tried to take the gospel. It was only then that the Lord gave him a vision of the Macedonian. He woke up the next morning and immediately headed for the regions north, having “concluded that God had called them to preach the gospel in Macedonia.
The heavenly vision wasn’t a “call” to mission, it was specific guidance for missionaries that were already going.
The point? Don’t complicate the missionary call. Get radical with the going and God will get radical in the specific guiding.
David Sitton is the founder and president of To Every Tribe Ministries. David is a career church planting missionary who lived and worked in Papua New Guinea for 16 years, making first gospel contact with several headhunting, cannibalistic tribes.