Sitting at the Feet of Faithfulness
What do you dream about? At the end of your life what is it that you want to hear from God? Most believers long to hear those wonderful words, “Well done you good and faithful servant.” So how does one become a faithful servant of Jesus Christ? One of the keys to this life that Paul tells us about is to learn and observe those who have gone before us and traveled that road we now travel (1 Cor. 10). That is why I find one of the coolest aspects of working in missions when you get to spend time with those who have served the Lord for years and gone before you and demonstrated a life of faithfulness. The the last two weeks I have had the privilege to help host two different missionary couples from two very different places.
The first of these missionary couples are from N. Ireland. Actually they are both English but God called them to N. Ireland which would be like Him calling an American to go to Iraq. They serve at a ministry called the Murlough House that works with the local churches in N. Ireland to reach the community with the gospel. Over the last 50 years there has been a divide between the Catholics and the Protestants due to the political ideologies that each have in their history. Unfortunately, the gospel has been neglected by many and political disputes have taken center stage. So 50 years ago, God called John Moxen to go to N. Ireland and share the gospel. He has faithfully done that for the last 50 years despite losing two children and a wife. He had to leave the crowd, the clan, and take up the cross of Christ. God has blessed that faithfulness and grown the ministry to impact dozens of churches in the east of N. Ireland. In fact, God provided a second wife who had been widowed as well and also a historic mansion to host the ministry. As I saw in John Jo’s life, one step in living a faithful life is the fact that we must sacrifice for the sake of Jesus and follow His commands.
The second missionary couple are from the country of Peru and are the National Directors of YMI Peru. They have been missionaries for 19 years after God called Julio from being an electrician in Lima, Peru. God has burdened them with a passion for the Aguaruna Indian population in the Amazon of northern Peru. This very impoverished area has hardly any churches and no theological training for those who would like to learn. The outreach with the gospel into the 200o Aguaruna communities is practically non-existent. God has put this burden on Julio’s heart and YMI Peru has begun a Bible training school there and evangelism training for the Aguarunas to take the gospel to the surrounding communities. YMI Peru has even started some hydroponic projects to help fight the malnutrition that exists among the population and especially the children. Julio is so passionate about this work and evangelism in Peru where only 14% are believers in Jesus Christ that many churches in Lima are catching the vision to take part of this work and local outreach opportunities. The testimony of the Serrano family make it so apparent that God takes the passion of one family to impact those that they come in contact with. He can take that passion and infect the surrounding believers to be more burdened to share the gospel and live faithful lives.
The question I find myself asking myself is, “Am I learning anything by the lives of these faithful men or am I ignoring those who have gone before me?” Have I learned anything when I get to sit at the feet of faithful men? Someday will others find me a faithful man? May God give grace to all of us to be a people faithful to walk in His way.