Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)

The night of January 25, 2017.  The day of God’s calling.

I had many, many reasons why I should say, “No” to God.

  • My girls love Kaneohe and their school.
  • My mother needs me and Janice. Janice’s parents need us.
  • Janice was given a good opportunity for a fully time job that was supposed to start from February.
  • But most importantly, we love Parker church. I could not imagine leaving Parker.

That evening Janice and I had a very long conversation. Through our talk, I was reminded of why I went to the seminary to begin with. It was because I saw God’s amazing love for anyone and everyone in the world while serving as a missionary in Bangladesh 17 years ago. And I was reminded of the life’s motto that Janice and I have as a servant of God and it is “whenever and wherever.” This refers to our intention to serve God wherever God wants and whenever God wants.

Janice and I have been meditating on the book of Romans and we were supposed to read Romans 16 that night. So we decided to meditate on the Bible for God’s guidance and prayed that God will speak to both of us through the Word of God. As we took turns to share our devotional thoughts, both of us were pleasantly surprised because God gave us the same verse. It was Romans 16:19 which gave us confidence as well as comfort.

Everyone knows that you are obedient to the Lord. This makes me very happy. I want you to be wise in doing right and to stay innocent of any wrong. (Romans 16:19)

When we essentially said “yes” to this invitation to serve as a missionary, we didn’t know what country we’d be sent to and what kind of ministry we’d be doing. For us, what mattered was whether we are going to serve as missionaries or not and once that decision was made, the rest didn’t matter.

We leave everything up to the Lord and yes! continue to follow His guidance!

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