As Christians we need to consider that we are all on a mission, the one that Jesus gave us before he returned to the Father. All of us, no matter where we are, should be answering the call to “go and make disciples of all nations”. And for some of us that means going to other nations.
My wife and I were called out of England eight years ago. We left behind a good career, good church, good friends and wonderful family. It would have been the hardest thing in the world if God had not lead us up to that point over the previous seven years.
Over those seven years God prepared us and equipped us to move into a completely new life on the Costa Blanca in Spain. And it was then he began a much deeper work in us that brought us to our knees many times, as we grew in our trust and dependence on him.
On our own?
We were not sent by a church, we are not part of a missionary organization, although the couple we work closely with are. We are not supported financially. We felt all along that we should work and live in the community, send our kids to the local school and get involved in the life of the town. And I believe we will see more and more people trusting God to take them to different places, as Tentmaker Missionaries, depending on him.
Today we find ourselves in a small Spanish working town (not a tourist town like so many here) building relationships with Spanish, English, Romanians, Bulgarians, Polish, you name it, there’s probably someone from that country here. And we are not standing on street corners preaching the Gospel, we are trying to meet peoples needs in a practical way so that they see the Gospel worked out before their eyes.
If you feel God is leading you to leave home and serve him in a foreign country, trust that He has a plan and a way for you.