When God called us to a foreign mission field in 2010, we had spent the previous 7 years living in the wilderness of western Montana where God had brought us to slow down our pace of life, focus on raising our children and to have a closer walk with Him. We have been abundantly blessed to be living in the quiet of Montana where we are able to live in the midst of nature, God’s second book. A few years ago God called us to mission service in Bolivia. Time is short and we feel called to do all that we can to help others be prepared as we learn to depend more fully on Him.
Our Mission is “To follow the example of Christ and serve others….” (MB pg 14)
According to Ellen White “Medical missionary work is the right hand of the gospel. It is necessary to the advancement of the cause of God. As through it men and women are led to see the importance of right habits of living, the saving power of the truth will be made known. Every city is to be entered by workers trained to do medical missionary work. As the right hand of the third angel’s message, God’s methods of treating disease will open doors for the entrance of present truth.”–Testimonies, Vol. 7, p. 59.
Our original vision was to fly from village to village taking care of their dental needs, that would open up the opportunity “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” (Acts 26:18)
After a short trip down to Bolivia we realized it would make a greater impact to teach others to be bible workers and medical missionaries allowing native Bolivians to go back to their villages knowing how to help their peers with simple natural remedies and reach hearts with the gospel of Jesus. Therefore, we have changed our vision of our work here in Bolivia and we have started a Health and Bible Training Center in March of 2011. We pray that we can also open a lifestyle center soon as we get more help.
In a book of a missionary we read, “A task without a vision is a drudgery. A vision without a task makes a visionary. A task with a vision makes a missionary. -Bruchko-
We want the whole family to have our vision, then with the task, to be missionaries.
Some people say to us, Aren’t you afraid of the snakes, the diseases and dangers of living down in the jungles of Bolivia? Our response is that it is better to be in God’s will, than to be out of it, and being out of God’s will is worse than all the dangers of Bolivia
In short, we have “…heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” Isa 6:8
God has given us the privilege of evangelizing the world, and you have the opportunity to be a part of this exciting adventure as well.