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The Missionary's Call

"There is nothing I can do!" "I have enough trouble of my own!" Over and
over again I hear the same things. But we are called to live by faith
and not shrink back. We are not called to wait until we raise enough
money. We are not called just to visit the mission field for a few weeks
and test the waters.

Author:        Rolland Baker (Iris Ministries www.irismin.org)

Date of
  Testimony:    May 7, 2001
 

"There is nothing I can do!" "I have enough trouble of my own!" Over and

over again I hear the same things. But we are called to live by faith and

not shrink back. We are not called to wait until we raise enough money. We

are not called just to visit the mission field for a few weeks and test the

waters. We are called to throw our entire lives away on Jesus. We are

called to hear His voice and follow Him. How can there be any greater

thrill in serving God than to exercise our faith on behalf of the poor and

suffering?

 

We will return to the Zambezi soon, pressing on for yet more revival. But

now I am back in Maputo with our hundreds of orphaned and abandoned

children at our Zimpeto center. As I see them laughing, playing and

dancing, all calling me "Papa," I remember how I first stood here alone in

January of 1995 and accepted an old, terribly neglected children's center

that no one wanted, not the government, not any aid organization, no one.

It had eighty sullen children who were diseased, starving and tormented by

evil spirits. Heidi and I had no support for this. We had nothing but

Jesus, and He has been enough. He will always be enough.

Today Mozambique, Africa and the world are filled with hungry, hurting

people. They are lost. Their eyes are vacant and staring. Do you see them?

Can you feel what Jesus feels? Do you have His vision? "The harvest is

plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore,

to send out workers into his harvest field" (Luke 10:2).