“When you’re running the race of life, look around you. Keep pursuing Jesus, but if you see someone next to you, who’s headed the same direction, and you both keep the same pace, marry ’em!”
I received this advice a few years ago, and filed it away in my mind, but my plan at that point was to be a single missionary in the jungle somewhere, so I didn’t really foresee needing that advice. Coming into training last fall, I was still pretty set on going to the mission field single as a Bible translator with New Tribes Mission. I wanted nothing to get in the way of serving Christ, so I wasn’t paying too much attention to the other runners around me.
But God had other ideas. 🙂 He elbowed me until I noticed a runner that He had strategically placed next to me—a runner who was headed in the same direction and was keeping the same pace. And unbeknownst to me, He was also nudging that runner and pointing me out to him. Since both of us were intent on being single missionaries, God had to work in our hearts quite a bit before we were on board with the idea of running the race together.
So, who is this “fellow runner”? Well, his name is Josiah. He is an NTM missionary kid from Papua New Guinea who started training at the same time I did. His passion for reaching the unreached with the message of the Gospel in their own language rivals my own. God has clearly led us together to pursue tribal church planting as missionaries with New Tribes Mission. Please pray for us as we seek to follow God and His plans for us.
Oh, and if you want to hear more of the story, just ask—I’d love to tell you how God has been working! (it certainly isn’t a story of “love at first sight”) 🙂