My desire for missions began long before I even had a thought of being a missionary. A few years after high school, the Lord started moving my heart towards missions while I played soccer with a group of Mexicans. Since I couldn’t communicate with them, all I could think about was being able to speak their language and inviting them to church. Fast forward several years, and while I was in Bible College, I had the opportunity to go to Peru for my mission’s internship. This trip would mark the first time I had left the country to visit the mission field, and it changed my life completely. While in Peru, the Lord broke my heart when I saw just how many people did not have the gospel. During that time, I began to hear about the need in La Paz, Bolivia from several groups that had visited the capital. At that time, the groups only knew of one Bible-preaching church in the entire city.
As my graduation from Bible college was fast approaching, my wife, Beth, and I began to pray about being missionaries to Bolivia. As soon as I graduated, we took a survey trip to Peru and traveled from there to Bolivia to confirm the Lord’s will for our lives. While in the city of La Paz, we drove around, asking if anyone knew of a church there. One of the sights that convicted me most was the presence of Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and other religious groups in almost every neighborhood. I kept thinking, “Where are those that are preaching the true gospel?” Before we left to return to the States, I made up my mind that if no one else would go and preach to these people that had no gospel, I would go.
If you have ever thought of being a missionary or if you are seeking God’s will for your life, here are a few things that you can do:
1. Pray that the Lord would open your eyes. Pray that He would give you a burden for the lost and have eyes of compassion like He had when He saw the multitudes.
2. Learn about the world
- Begin to learn about other countries and their need for the gospel.
- You can do that by reading missionary prayer letters and looking up countries and statistics on the internet or Operation World.
3. Visit the Mission Field
- Most people that are in missions now can point back to a mission’s trip where they saw the need first hand that changed them and pushed them towards being a missionary.
4. Serve Where you Are
- Don’t wait to go to another country to become a missionary. Start right where you are.
- Begin to share the gospel, disciple people, and serve in your church.
- If you are doing those things now, and one day you go to another country, you will continue doing what you have always done, only in a different location.