If you’re here, you’re probably thinking about spending two years as a missionary in a different country, living your life for Christ. If you’re anything like me, this is something you NEVER thought you would do in a million years. If you’re like me, you’re seriously questioning this calling and reading all the blogs you can find in the hopes it’ll help you make a decision.
This blog won’t give you an answer.
I mean, I would love to help. I could just speak the truth that, “You ARE called, we are ALL called, so go” and you could skip away confident in this arbitrary confirmation. Blog complete.
But the truth is, only God knows what’s best for you and can bring you peace in any decision. Because I won’t lie, it’s a big deal. Regardless of what country or what placement you’re looking at, it’s a huge step. It’s going to impact you and shape the way you live your life forever, even if you never do missions again. At times it’s going to be scary and hard and lonely and you’ll wonder if you did the right thing. Sometimes you’ll think “Why didn’t I just choose a normal job?” Sometimes, you’ll just want to go home. At least, I know that I did and so did others on my team. But here’s the truth: none of those things mean you shouldn’t go.
Moving to Berlin for two years changed my life. It changed how I perceive the world and other people, it changed how I think about ministry and sharing the Gospel, it changed how I feel about myself and my relationship with God. Doing ministry in Berlin allowed me to meet so many extraordinary people. From life-time missionaries who told me about the dozens of church leaders they’d mentored, to the young family just starting a new ministry project for the first time. From the young Christian struggling in his faith and thrilled to finally be with believers his own age, to my friend who asked me questions about my faith for hours and taught me so much about who Christ is. They changed my life and I will forever be grateful for the time I had in Berlin and the things I learned.
Personally, I think everyone should do something like this. Pack up and move halfway across the world for a couple years. Figure out how to live in a new culture, with roommates you don’t understand, and a language you don’t know. Learn who you are outside of everything you’ve ever known and learn how God is always the same and yet infinitely new. Let the Lord take you on a grand adventure with Him.
But, in the immortal words of Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton, “You don’t have to take my word for it.” Pray. Ask the wise people in your life. You can even Google to your heart’s content if that helps your process (No? Just me? Okay…). Above all, seek the Lord with intention and keep knocking on doors until you get answers. It will be hard and it will be wonderful. There will be tears and there will be joy. It will be something that you never could have expected or imagined.
And I can promise you this: the Lord will always, always, always be faithful.
P.S. For the Googlers out there, this is a great resource with tons of blogs by various authors on missions topics: https://www.alifeoverseas.com/