When my husband Mark visited the Middle East as a student volunteer he saw both the huge spiritual need there and the sheer hard work needed to take the gospel to unreached places. Brother Andrew speaking at Soul Survivor grabbed his attention when he declared that he didn’t believe in ‘calling’:
“If a follower of Jesus sees a need that he
can meet, then he should go and try and meet it, declaring ‘send me Lord!’”
Mark had seen a need in the Middle East and was able to go. All this he recounted to me on our first date! I was a little overwhelmed but equally intrigued and excited by the thrill of it all and also a new relationship. Soon God started putting Muslim women in my path who became good friends.
We then visited various Muslim contexts, got married, and met some inspiring friends who encouraged us to pursue
moving to an Arab country. It wasn’t long before we found ourselves living and working in Libya with those friends. Since eventually being forced to leave Libya we are reaching Libyans in a nearby country. As we meet them daily, learn their dialect and lift our hands in prayer over its borders we feel like our future and Libya’s future will always be somehow woven together until Jesus comes back or he takes this call away.
Heather & Mark (reaching Libyans in North Africa)
My wife and I have always had a desire to love our migrant neighbours down the road. After hearing and reading the statistics on workers to unreached Muslims we both had a burden for those who haven’t heard. We asked ourselves, “If we are willing to go when so many are not, and God through his word has called us over and over again why wouldn’t we go?”
After this many more things happened that helped us confirm where to go, but it all started after we asked that question and said, “Fine! We will!”
Dan & Ruth in South Asia
Before I got saved, while studying marketing, I thought about my future and my life’s purpose. I was quite depressed about the fact that my career path meant that I would spend my life convincing people to buy toothpaste, toothpicks, or something I felt was lacking in meaning. After coming to Jesus I remember hearing the statistics about how few believers there were in the Muslim world so I went on a summer trip to Azerbaijan. During a prayer time at the border of Iran, I sensed in my heart God’s voice saying, “I want you to minister to that place (Iran) sometime”.
Though we still haven’t been to Iran our family have been reaching Iranians in a nearby country for 6 years. We still continue in this work because we haven’t felt God’s leading to do anything else. I believe that working to help the least reached people be saved is a very worthwhile way to spend one’s life. I feel very joyful along with God when I see his kingdom come to someone, and I fear that I might be regretful if I choose a ‘me-focused’ career back in my home country.
Caleb (reaching Iranians in the Middle East)
I decided that I should move overseas because of God’s heart for the nations and his command to his people to ‘go’ was clear. I had no idea what all of this meant... Where? When? How long? With whom? All I knew is I needed to go.
Martin in South Asia
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