Wendy is an Australian who has been in Japan with OMF since 2000. She’s married to David who teaches maths and science at the Christian Academy in Japan. She’s an editor and writer. In this nine-part series she answers searching questions about her experience of life and ministry as a missionary. What is your understanding of a missionary call?
God deals with each of us differently. Just like we never interact with one person exactly the same as any other, our experience of a call to mission won’t be the same as anyone else’s.
Some people experience God’s call as a sudden voice or thunder bolt. We had a Japanese friend several years ago who kept asking us for our “call verse”. Only later did we realise she was looking for her own “bolt of lightning”. Neither my husband nor I were called in that fashion. It was more like gentle voice guiding us.
God also leads via wise counsel of friends. Via circumstance. Via open doors and shut doors. He isn’t limited in how he calls people into mission.
One thing that I often hear is people who cannot get overseas missions or a country, or some other thing that God is calling them towards, out of their heads. It just keeps coming up. It was like that for me—a long meandering journey.
My husband and I also discovered that God’s call is a continuous action. Just because we’re here in Japan, where we believe (and others confirm) God has called us to, doesn’t mean that he’s stopped calling us. His call is a constant in our lives.
Confirmation of that call includes peace in our hearts, that what we’re doing is what God wants of us now. The other main thing that confirms his current call on our lives is God’s financial provision. For more than sixteen years now we haven’t asked anyone except God for money and he’s covered all our needs. To us, and OMF International, that is part of the confirmation that we’re doing what God has called us to do.
I love asking missionaries about their journey into mission, the stories are as varied as the people who were called.
The next post is about how I became convinced that God wanted me to become a missionary.
By Wendy Marshall
Wendy is an Australian who has been in Japan with OMF since 2000. She’s married to David who teaches maths and science at the Christian Academy in Japan. She’s an editor and writer. In this nine-part series she answers searching questions about her experience of life and ministry as a missionary.
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