Many ask me why we are leaving to Uganda as missionaries. Some ask, "Why Africa?". Others ask, "Aren't you worried about your kids?". One of my personal favorites is "What are YOU going to do there?". I thought I would spend some time trying to answer them here.
Let's start with my favorite, "What are You going to do there?". This question implies they know me and wonder what I might have to offer. It also implies this missionary thing is something I planned or that I orchestrated. Although I am excited about going, I recognize that God has a long history of using people who would seem unqualified with the typical world view.
- Moses - Sheepherder with a pride problem who had killed a few people
- Noah - Slow working alcoholic
- Abraham - Adulterer who pimps out his wife
- David - Another lying, murdering adulterer
- Solomon - What did he not do?
I believe God uses imperfect people for His perfect purposes. He chooses the losers, rejects, liars, arrogant, prideful people so why NOT me? I believe He does this so when something good is accomplished, it is clear to everyone it was Him at work through them. So, it is my hope that I do nothing but am busy as God does His work through me in Uganda.
The questions in regards to missionary work in general are the ones difficult for me to answer. My answers always tend to sound as if I was nuts or had lost my mind. While that may be true, I really believe that it is the correct response to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. I have come to understand that it is human nature to need to be part of something. I have also come to believe we humans are only happy when we are giving or "loving" someone else. I believe that my God is the biggest god of all. I believe He has given me the ultimate gift. Aside of the overwhelming sense that if I do not go I will die and that my life will be an utter waste if I don't go, I believe the only way for me to enjoy life is to be part of His work, wherever that may be, and share the Treasure.
I hope this not only answers your questions but challenges you to examine your own lives. All of us have a need to serve. All of us have a desire to be happy. All of us have a desire to love. All of us have a calling. Either you go down into the well or you hold the rope. Both ends have scares but both are a source of joy and a privilege.