Friday, May 20, 2011

Why not us?

About six years ago, Kamryn, Stephanie and I took a group of high schoolers to Mexico to expose them to the third world, build a few houses and teach them about missions. It was my fourth trip with the same ministry so I was, you know, totally in my element as a leader helping THE STUDENTS get a heart for the world. Who would have known that week was going to change our lives forever? The fourth night there, we heard from a speaker named Brandon Buser. I had heard his father speak three times, but it was the first time I had ever heard from Brandon. A spittin' image of his pop, and he was preparing to follow in the footsteps of his parents and be a missionary in Papua New Guinea. I remember that night like it was yesterday: "Why not me? Why shouldn't I give away my life to be missionary?" I wrestled with all the fears of what a missionary life would be. I surrendered that night, and lo and behold, my wife, too, was also surrendering during that week as well. God used this week to greatly to challenge us, and Brandon was a catalyst to get us to surrender our hearts, to be willing to go, and well, it was indeed go, that God had in mind. We have been in Africa for almost four years now, and our lives, are, well, changed forever. So grateful we said yes to God's great adventure for us... And, I am pretty sure that Brandon is glad he listened, too... He had been living a pretty comfy life as businessman, as he tells it, but he just couldn't get his mind off of the thousands of tribes who would die never hearing the gospel. He left it all, and well, I think this video will show it better than I can tell it. A review of his first three years in Biem and now they are looking at going back at this link... (They have disabled the embedding option, but please go check it out... It is worth 6 minutes of your life, for sure...) Thank you Lord for the Busers, all of 'em...

1 comment:

elise kristen said...

I am so thankful I was able to be a part of the preceding stage and witness the Lord's leading and moving of you (and your faithful submission). Praying for you Allens!