On October 7th, we arrived in Arequipa. Over the last several months Jake and I have been asked if we’re ready numerous times. At times I’ve struggled to answer this. Though we have thoroughly prepared through prayer, reading, team meetings and missions conferences I struggled with doubts and feelings of inadequacy. If I read all of the theology, missions, and culture books that people have recommended I might be ready by the time I’m 83. However, I know that God has called us to this place at this time. This gives me the confidence now to humbly say, “Yes, I am ready.” I’m ready to follow where my King leads me.
I might also ask you the same question: are you ready? Jesus said “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” We should all wake up every day and ask ourselves, “Am I ready to be where and what God calls me to be today?” I believe the great commission was a commission to all disciples. So, whether at home or abroad, God invites us to participate with him on his mission. What an honor and a privilege! I want to make it clear that just because our call is to go overseas does not mean that it is more important than your call. Kingdom work is important and exciting everywhere. And in those days when we don’t feel ready, we can rest in His assurance, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”