by David Millsaps | Lithuania
Some people see missionaries as anything but average. I will grant to you that we do live away from our families, eat different foods, put up with all sorts of inconveniences, and generally live in a way that is atypical for Americans. But I ask you: So what?
Do these things make me like sports less, make me like my country less, or make me somehow super-spiritual? Not a chance! Those things, as well as many others, are just a part of our lives that make us different in an external way.
Who I am on the outside—where I live, what I eat, etc.—is really kind of irrelevant. What matters more is what we are on the inside.
I see myself as an average guy who has normal interests, weaknesses, quirks, and desires. Most missionaries are average people. For me, the difference is simple: God spoke to my heart about missions, and I responded, “Yes.”
My story of saying yes starts when I was a child. I grew up in the church. My father was a pastor, so I remember numerous occasions when I said yes. Church camps, revival meetings, youth conventions—they all provided opportunities for me to respond.
I enrolled at North Central University as a pastoral studies major. I hadn’t had a call to be a missionary yet, or to be a youth pastor, and music wasn’t my thing. During a fall missions emphasis at NCU, there was never an opportunity given to respond to the call to be a missionary.
I still felt this compulsion in my heart that this was the thing I needed to do. After two weeks, I shared with my wife, “Kandra, for the past two weeks I have felt like God is calling us to missions.” She responded, “David, God spoke to me about two months ago, and I told Him that He was going to have to tell you!”
What a confirmation! It took us 11 years from that day, but we eventually made it to Lithuania.
I could have ignored the call of God on my life, but I didn’t. God spoke, and I said, “Yes!”
Is God speaking to you? Is He calling you to change addresses and circumstances to make an eternal difference? Is God calling you? What is your answer?