Have you ever wondered if your life is bringing impact? There is a movie called “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” In the movie Walter is working in the background for LIFE magazine, only dreaming of big adventures and risks until he is beckoned by one of the photographers to come and find his last photo for LIFE. This catapults Walter into traveling the world through mountains and oceans to find this picture.
I’m not sure if you relate to the first half of that story but I definitely do. On paper being a missionary in a foreign country seems edgy and thrilling but day to day is mundane until God beckons us to adventure, just like He with my friend and I one day.
While my friends from Kona, HI were here we heard of a ministry opportunity outside of our everyday schedule in a place called Mannenberg. Mannerberg is in the middle of a gang war and it was a dangerous place but my friends and I really felt the Lord say to join the ministry going right into the heart of the war zone. As we were on the bus heading to Mannenberg there was an unusual tension of anxiousness and peace. As we walked off the bus all shooting had ceased it was sunny, hot, and quiet as kids slowly came out into the war zone to see who were the foreigners. Avi and I were looking around until we both saw two guys off in the distance meddling with an engine. I told Avi “Let’s go talk to those guys.” We went and sat in the dirt with them as they took copper out an engine to sell for drugs that they were desperately trying to get. They told us their stories as Avi and I listened meanwhile hearing kids singing worship songs with our other friends in the background. Avi and I got excited when They both clearly said: “I want to follow Jesus but I love drugs too much.” Expectant for God to move we told them that Jesus can give them a better high and we prayed for them. Avi shared some more stories and then the two guys began to tell us how no one from the ministry has ever come up to them before and it really impacted them. Avi and I walked away going to visit both gangs sides praying for them feeling a sense of adventure that just started with a beckoning from God to go talk to two guys.
As of last week, the gangs have called a cease-fire. I believe that every prayer and act of obedience from everyone played a part in that happening. I say that story to show that wherever you are God is beckoning you to adventure. Do you have any stories of hearing God’s voice? I’d love to hear it just comment below or click the contact page.