So I’m sitting here as my US visa has been approved and we have booked flights to arrive in the States since just before Christmas. We have currently raised 50% of our annual support needs and are believing that we will have raised almost 100% by the time we leave at the end of the year.
There are times when I question and doubt the decisions we have made over the past year. And I’m sure there are others who must be looking at us thinking, i don’t get it, what are you doing? It’s true that we have decided to take some big risks, so deep down, despite the difficulties of dealing with uncertainty, what is it that drives us forward to keep going?
Ultimately, for us as Christians, we think that we are responding to God’s voice, doing what he has asked of us. Yes we believe that God is alive and present around us, and through Jesus speaks to us in many different ways. When following this extravagant, loving, enormous God of ours, it seems to make sense to take some risks to see his Kingdom come.
The Bible is full of real people who took risks to obey the Lord. One was Ananias, whom God sent to minister to the newly converted Saul. Ananias risked his reputation and his life to comply. Another was Saul himself, who was told to preach to the Jews the very gospel he and they had so violently opposed. By focusing on God, His character, and His promises, both men obeyed despite uncertainty, doubt, and fear.
I don’t think we are naive and understand that the process of taking risks to join God’s work will carry a cost in investments of time, energy, money, and emotions. We also know that our work won’t always lead to the results we’d expected or hoped to see. However, whenever you’re doing what God has led you to do the hope that you bring to others is invaluable and we are confident that the victories will outweigh the defeat when we work for our God.
Over the past few years God has placed a desire in our family to serve the urban poor. I was recently listening to Ash Barker, a pioneer in the world of urban mission. He summed up nicely what I am trying to say. That a secure life is often no life at all, but a life of faith, a life of hope and life of compassion has real meaning. It is this kind of life that God uses to bring transformation where there is darkness and struggle. It is this promise that is driving us to take some risks and move into the East side of San Antonio, away from friends, family and familiarity.