Nicole and I strongly believe in the Bible’s advocacy of global missions. That belief prompts us to act; therefore, we have spent time in foreign countries serving, teaching, and loving people in the name of Christ. In fact, we have dedicated part of each year together in a different cultural context, and we plan to continue this for the rest of our lives.
This past year, Nicole and I both traveled to Mexico to serve with missionaries there. Nicole went to Thailand at the beginning of this year to work with a house for orphaned victims of sex-trafficking. We have both traveled to Haiti to share a biblical understanding of who God is and why He is worthy of our praise.
Global missions are an integral part of how we work out our faith in Jesus Christ. In James 2, we are told that faith without works is dead. Our faith is what compels us to seek out opportunities to serve people around the world. My faith is what has compelled me to apply to be part of the Kenya team. This trip will be my first opportunity to use Physical Therapy in a missional context. God willing, this will be the first of many such trips in my life.
I recently finished reading “Bonhoeffer,” the autobiography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and it encouraged me to pursue Jesus more radically. Bonhoeffer was a pastor, theologian, and spy during World War II. He was involved in the Valkyrie plot, which nearly took the life of Adolf Hitler, and he was murdered weeks before the war ended. Bonhoeffer was able to leave the country and had the ability to stay away from Germany until the war ended. While away, he decided he could not leave his brethren behind to suffer for the cause of Christ while he merely spoke of the gospel in a different country. He needed to be on the frontlines. He felt called by God to live out what he was preaching. He knew God was calling him back to Germany. He is thus considered a martyr for returning to a country where Bible-believing Christians were being persecuted and put in concentration camps.
I want to go and live out what I believe. The Living Room provides an incredible opportunity for health professionals to share the love of Jesus and the Gospel with people at the end of their lives. No one needs to know about Jesus more than those who are about to meet him. My prayer for the Kenya team is to serve well people in difficult circumstances and to grow closer to God in the process.