To be completely honest, two years ago when my wife told me that she felt called to go on a short-term mission trip with Warren to Swaziland, I thought she was kidding. In fact, I thought that she had made up the very name of the country. When she mentioned the cost of the trip I definitely thought she was kidding. Boy was I wrong. Jeanna did end up going to a real place in the southern part of Africa, completely paid for by friends and family. She returned home fired up for foreign missions as well as determined to sponsor a beautiful young girl named Nonhlanhla. God did amazing things in and through Jeanna on that trip and we have been sponsoring Nonhlanhla ever since. Yet, there was still a sense of distance and disconnect between my heart and the beautiful young girl whose picture is proudly displayed on my fridge.
Over the past two years, God has continued to work in my heart regarding the importance of foreign missions. He has placed friends and family in my life to spur me on to a passion for the fame of God’s name in all the earth. It is through this work and these relationships that I finally said “Yes” to joining 21 others on a trip halfway around the world to a place I had never heard of to share the Gospel with people whose language I do not speak. Yet, over the past week, God has done such amazing things in and through our team that have filled my heart with inexplicable joy regarding Swaziland. Not only have I had the opportunity to minister to hundreds of children and adults, I have had the privilege of spending time with Nonhlanhla daily. In fact, I have also met her brother and mother, who both recognized me from the pictures displayed in their home sent in letters by my wife. Nonhlanhla is no longer just the beautiful young girl on my fridge, but is my Swazi-daugher and sister in Christ who has taught me through her kind heart and sweet speech what it means to love without bounds.
I would encourage anyone interested in the work Warren is doing in Swaziland to jump onboard, whether it is serving on a missions trip, sponsoring a child, or even writing letters of encouragement to the children served at the care-points. Due to poverty and disease, as well as a lack of male Christian leadership worldwide, there is a dire need for Christian men to rise up and fulfill these roles regarding the beautiful young souls at Timbutini and Ntabas. I call to men, young and old, to step-up and rise to the challenge of serving God’s people in this wonderful country. The hustle and bustle of life so easily blinds us to the work that God is doing all around us. It is time to set aside personal ambition and to obey the command of Christ to make disciples and multiply disciple-makers, at home and abroad. I can assure you that Swaziland is a perfect place to start.