Guest Author: “Heed the Call”

We recently wrapped up our 2012 Mission Conference at Waterbrook Bible Fellowship. It was an amazing weekend with the opportunity to interact with missionaries live and online during a Saturday evening banquet. Sunday included more time for missionary interaction in both classes and worship services.

Mission Pastor Don Moore challanged the Waterbrook family to consider going on a mission trip this year. Now is the time to decide. Due to fundraising, passports, and travel arrangements, these decisions cannot be left to the last minute. Here are some trip opportunities for this year. (Click this link.)

I’d also like to share something written by someone in our Waterbrook family. Kathy Cheek is an author who has blessed me with some of her writings, and her book, First Breath of Morning.  She wrote the following article after after God moved her heart as the result of a presentation at Waterbrook by a young missionary preparing to depart for the mission field far away from home and family.

Heed the Call

By Kathy Cheek

My husband and I sat and listened attentively as a young woman spoke in our Sunday morning church service about the missionary work she will be starting soon in a small town in northern Thailand. Her words spoke volumes of the life she had surrendered to God with a heart to reach people who desperately need to hear the gospel message of Jesus Christ our Savior. Her face shone bright with eyes lit up and smile stretched wide with great joy for the work she’d been given.

She shared about the mission field where she would be going, the months in language school that would be the beginning of that journey, the people she would live among, and the darkness in a land that needs the light of Christ’s love to shine among them. Yes, God had a call on her life to go to the foreign mission field, and she was eagerly heeding the call.

My heart was deeply stirred for these people she spoke of, and I knew I wanted to sign up for her newsletter and commit to pray for her as she embarked on this call on her life. I searched my heart, I had to make sure again and asked, “Lord, do You want me to go to a mission field, or do I continue in what I already believe You have called me to do?” He confirmed in my heart that my
place was to stay – and to pray. Some are called to go, and some are called to enable others to go through our prayers and support.

My husband and I stopped at the missions table in the lobby when the church service was over and put our names on the sign-up sheet for this young woman who was leaving for Thailand in three weeks. Her prayer cards tucked in our Bibles as we walked to our cars, would be in our home to remind us to pray for her. I felt a strong responsibility to be faithful to a call to pray. And I look forward to receiving her future newsletters and reading about what God is doing on the mission field to which she is called.

When I prayed that night, I felt a heavy burden for the many lost people who need the Lord, and I knew God would use that burden to keep me praying. That burden was an ache that hurt deep inside my heart, and it reminds me that I have a call to pray. May it be that I will faithfully heed the call.

Colossians 4:17

…“Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.”

You can read more of Kathy’s devotional writings at her blog.

At this year’s missions conference, Pastor Don asked us to Go, Send, Give and Pray. How are you currently engaged in missions?


Posted: March 15, 2012 
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