Friday, May 12, 2006

To Obey the Call

A while ago I was chatting with a dear friend who recently moved to Thailand to be a missionary. You know, those heroic people who sacrifice their lifeplans just to bring the Good News to wherever their "calling" is. A calling is a vocation or a place to which you are being called to. And so we chatted the afternoon away while I found myself moved by her stories. They say its not easy being a missionary. I can never explain how hard it is because I'm not one but I will try.

The idea is to penetrate a group of people with a culture so different from yours and introduce the good news to them so that they may get to know Christ and be saved. Its like being a secret agent but not of the government. The mission is The Great Commission, that sentence telling us to "go and make disciples of all nations..." Different language, different food, different weather, different customs and a whole lot of different personalities to interact with - that's what a missionary deals with everyday. All because they want to accomplish the mission.

This entry is dedicated to my missionary friends who obeyed the call.

Alphard in Thailand
Baby in Tibet
Glen in China
Jay-Ann in Switzerland
Kathy in China
Leinie in Thailand
Nea in Thailand
Norvie in Thailand
Ramon in Indonesia
Sarita in Ukraine

Your lives are a constant reminder that I must not live for myself alone. You have taught me not with your words but with your actions and your decisions. For that, I thank you.

I did not put their last names and their specific location because some are in places where Christianity is fobidden and being one could mean imprisonment and deportation. Please remember them in your prayers.


Jay-Ann said...

Awww...thanks. Gulat ako at nasama ako dito. :-)

May God fulfill His purpose in your life in His perfect timing. (Your tentmaking skills are indeed gifts from above!) Let's take His Word to the nations with His help.

(BTW, nice new template. I like the header. I suddenly miss pan de sal!)

P.S. Sarita's new weblog address is: FYI, thanks.

oggie said...

ei gi, thanks for dropping by. my apologies for the late reply. was internet-bereft for the past 3-4 days because of work. glad you like the pics and the info. yun naman talaga yung purpose nung blog ko, to give pinoys and other visitors a chance to see what this country can offer. anyway, have a good day!



myepinoy said...

I always have my admiration for people who has the courage and the strength to go in the least traveled paths.

I don't know them nor do i know how many they are but just the same, Saludo ako sa kanila.

My prayers are with them and to you.

Daniel Cercado said...

amen. amen. :)

Chun Xin said...

Hey Gi, finally I can open your blog. Fulfilling our call is indeed a challenge. Praise God, the TASK ahead of us is never as great as the power BEHIND US. Take care and trust His leading. - Kathy

Pinoy Pan de Sal said...

jay-ann, ikaw pa?! you're one of the people i look up to pagdating sa tentmaking.

oggie, inggit ako sa mga travels mo. pwede kang missionary hehe...

sir myepinoy, thanks po.

dan, amen sa 2 amen mo!

kathy, finally haha! welcome! saludo ako sau, sis! isa ka sa nag inspire sa post na ito. thank u!