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5 Years Ago…

unnamed-25 years ago today, I left for Rwanda to start this crazy adventure of being a follower of Jesus.

I NEVER thought I was going to be a overseas missionary. I NEVER expected to raise a family so far away from family and friends. I NEVER expected to learn so much and to have my faith so stretched.

“Then one of the teachers of religious law said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.”Another of his disciples said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.”But Jesus told him, “Follow me now. Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead.” Matthew 8:19-22

I use to have this unsettled feeling like I wasn’t really living my life for Jesus. Like I was being called to something radically different than pursuing the American Dream. Going to Rwanda has brought a rebirth of faith. I feel alive (and dead to myself) every day. It’s both painful and exhilarating!

As I read the stories of Jesus and his early disciples I am amazed at how high Jesus sets the bar and still people want to follow him. I want to be that type of Jesus’ follower. I want to live my life in such a way that I have no regrets.

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