Missions & Church Planting in the Middle East
The teachings of Matthew are dense with life-giving, Gospel centered, convicting messages that strike through the heart of man. Jesus clearly lays out what it looks like for his people to turn from the things of this world and live the life of a higher righteousness that He has called us to live. Sitting under these teachings of Jesus for several weeks as we walked through Matthew with our church helped H and I (J) to step out and be obedient to the commandments of Jesus.
H and I both resigned from teaching in order to have more opportunities to serve, disciple, minister and ultimately share the Good News of Jesus with those around us. I job searched endlessly for 2+ months and H had been going back to school to pursue a new profession. Night after restless night, we lost sleep from being so uneasy with where we were and what we were pursuing.
When H and I first got married, we knew the Lord had called us overseas. However, we thought we would wait until they had a few kids, saved up some money and had a little more security before ever thinking about going. We had aspirations of living the life of higher righteousness but looked up and realized we were trying to chase the “American Dream” at the same time.
Through wrestling, scripture, prayer and conviction, the Lord has led H and I into a life of full-time ministry. We have counted the cost and realized that walking in obedience to what Christ has commanded far outweighs whatever this world would offer. We are now serving with the International Mission Board as missionaries in the Middle East.
There is nothing special or significant about H and I and the journey we are on. We are all called to take part in the Great Commission and to glorify the Lord wherever we are. We are beyond excited about what the Lord is doing in us and are eager to share with you all and keep you updated along the journey the Lord is taking us on. Our biggest hope and prayer is that you would be encouraged by what the Lord is doing, would count the cost and pursue a real, deep relationship with Jesus Christ, who is our eternal hope.
“Now when Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you whoever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head”. Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father”. And Jesus said to him, “Follow me and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”