As many of you know, Larry and I have recently applied with a mission organization called HCJB Global. I'll give you a little background so you know how we came to this point.
It all started in college at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Tx. Larry and I were both involved with an organization known as the BSM (Baptist Student Ministry). It was during our college years that we both questioned who we really were, and what we believed in. We both found out what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Through organizations like the BSM, Cross Talk, and our college church (Martindale Baptist), we learned how to grow in our walk with God.
God began to speak to our hearts about doing missions before we were ever married. I'll never forget that night at the BSM. We were sitting on different sides of the room, and the service was all about missions. I remember the verse for the evening: Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." I knew that God was speaking to me about doing missions, even before that night. My question was, did Larry feel the same call? I was scared, very scared. What if he didn't? I felt that God was asking me to give Him everything, even my relationship with Larry. That night we went back to my apartment, and to my amazement, he said that he felt the same thing. We were very naive, b/c we thought we would get married and that 6 months later. . . voi la. . . we'd be on the mission field.
As you know, God has a plan for us. It is a plan with a hope and a future. But before we were to go, we had some lessons we needed to learn first. And that is what we have been up to the past 4 and a half years. Learning, praying, and now-eager to go!
More to come later:-) Yeah! I wrote my first blog!