Almost 14 years ago our family made the decision to join Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and become full time "vocational" missionaries. It has been an incredible experience and we have gone places, physically and spiritually, that we never expected to go (maybe we never even knew existed!) Over the years we have made many mistakes and sometimes we learned from them.
We have been blessed to sit with amazing bible teachers from around the world and both Kim and I regularly teach in YWAM bases and churches. We have discovered some "keys" in our life that really helped our marriage, our ministry, our personal lives and how we relate to God. We have also been surrounded by a community of people that have loved us and helped us through it all.
For a couple of years now I, Adam, have been thinking of finding a place where I could share about some of our experiences. Maybe to help others, maybe to help me process?
A bridge to missions
I would like to demystify what a missionary is and what a missionary does. Missionaries are just regular people that have followed God down a different path. I would like to share what our experience has been like, both the good and the bad. By sharing these things I hope that some people may be encouraged to take a step of faith towards God and possibly taking the step into full time Christian ministry.
I would also like to share some information and stories from the missions field that will help people in the west know how to pray for world evangelism.
One thing that really bothers me is one sided conversations. Nothing drives me more nuts than sitting with someone who never stops talking to ask a question or allow another person to have a say. As I plan for this blog I hope that people will dialogue with me and ask questions. There will always be a place for comments at the bottom of the page and people can also email or send Facebook messages.
To begin this dialogue I made an internet survey a few weeks ago asking people what questions they have about missions. My plan is to give my response to those questions over the next few weeks and make sure that there is a way for people to respond and ask more questions.
I have a long list of things that I would like to blog about but I know that peoples time is important and so I will stick to things that I hope will be relevant, interesting and/or useful. For the most part my life is consumed with missions and leadership development so expect lots of blogs about these subjects.
"I've read the last page of the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right."
"I’m not afraid of the devil. The devil can handle me – he’s got judo I never heard of. But he can’t handle the One to whom I’m joined; he can’t handle the One to whom I’m united; he can’t handle the One whose nature dwells in my nature." - A.W. Tozer