I remember giving my mom a card once that read, “You should have known I’d be difficult to raise. Before I was even born I made you throw up!” Another thing that happened before I was born is that my mother, a brand new Christian herself, dedicated me to God for His service. I think that’s kind of cool.
A few years after we were married Nate and I knew missions was where God wanted us to serve, so in 1980 we joined Wycliffe Bible Translators. The nice (and cliched!) ending to that sentence would be: and never looked back, or, worse yet, lived happily ever after, but that wouldn’t be entirely true (in fact, it’s not even close.) Missions is hard, and (remember) I was difficult. There were many times we wanted to quit. But I’ve never regretted our decision to be missionaries and I’m very glad today that we stuck with it.
I feel a sense of reverence, a veneration, in the work we do. As I continue to grow in my knowledge and understanding of God, I become increasingly awed by the wonder of who He is. That He would risk allowing me to work anywhere near His holy revelation of Himself is beyond comprehension. No really; I’m not just saying that. I was difficult to raise — difficult even for God, I’m sure. Yet today I’m part of a movement that is making it possible for people in the highest mountains, the densest forests and the driest deserts of the earth to discover God as their own Savior and Friend, and to offer to Him their sacrifices of praise, for He alone is worthy.
Today, after 30 years in missions, I’m loving my new job as Director of Communications for Wycliffe International Asia Pacific Area. To get to this point I earned a Bible college diploma from Moody Bible Institute, then a degree in communications from the same institution. After serving 14 years in Papua New Guinea, I completed an M.A. in English: Rhetoric and Composition. My favorite thing to do is to write, which I get little time for these days. I’ve even tried to give my job away so I could just be a journalist for Wycliffe, but so far there have been no takers. So I continue to serve where God has placed me, grateful that He trusts me enough to let me keep going.
It’s humbling. It’s exhilarating. It’s scary. But I’m grateful for my heritage, I’m grateful for God’s calling on my life and I’m grateful for the work that God and Wycliffe have entrusted to me.
This blog is one way for me to get a chance to write about things I love, and to offer you a glimpse into the wonder of God through the eyes of one of His servants in Asia. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.
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