If we were sitting across the table together with a cup of coffee, I’d tell you all about my crazy dream to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. I’d tell you about my time spent in orphanages in Romania and and playing hopscotch with foster kids in South Africa. I’d tell you how I long to visit the people of Haiti and India. I’d tell you about my family in Georgia, West Virginia and Uganda. And you’d hear about my friends in South Africa, Swaziland, Kenya, Ireland and Peru. So when I then told you I am heading to Swaziland in a few days, you wouldn’t be surprised a bit.
A few months ago, God started to stir my heart for a different kind of summer than my family has had the last few years. And as I researched and reached out for different things, each opportunity fell through until Amy texted and asked if I could join the team. From that moment on, I understood why God had completely cleared my schedule.
I’ve been studying through the book of Colossians and here is what I can tell you. We are one church under the headship of Jesus Christ, who is God in the flesh. He is creator and sustainer and we are reconciled to God through his death and resurrection on the cross. In him, and him alone, is found all we need. And we are to be rooted and growing in this faith. We, as one church, suffer together and rejoice together and encourage each other to press forward and run this race well. We are one church.
So when I’m asked, why Swaziland when there is so much here to be done? My simple answer, when God leads, you follow. God has placed in my heart a desire for all of the world to know him. As a matter of fact, he commanded this to all of us in Matthew 28: 19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always to the end of the age” Why Swaziland? Because I get to join the work the church is already doing there. I get to step alongside those women and encourage them to keep pressing on toward the goal. I get to remind them that when this seems hard, remember we’re working for the Lord and not for this world. And I get to remind them we are not doing this alone.
If God is moving in your heart for a particular area of the world, do something about it. If that’s your backyard and your neighbors, do something about it. If its for foreign missions, do something about it. If you don’t know where you’re supposed to be serving, ask.
14 days until departure
– Annie Martin