Over 2 weeks in April, a team of three Young Adults from RUC, partnered with OMF Southern Africa and Nick & Trish Bekker , on a short term mission trip to a closed country in South East Asia.
Here are some of their insights:
The Lord did many things in me while in a closed country in South East Asia, but the thing that left the biggest impact on my life was seeing how the family we stayed with lived out their calling. It is a closed country and you are not allowed to be a mission ary there. Yet the family was so clearly in love with Jesus and did everything to the glory of God that faith conversations couldn’t but happen with the locals. God challenged me on this point in the way that I live in an open country, yet I live in more fear of sharing my faith than this family who lives in a closed country. God really challenged me on this!
It was an amazing time and I really felt God’s presence with us – I can’t wait to see what he has in stall for this unreached people group!
The mission trip in BN was incredible. It never met any of my expectations. I imagined it would be something like the trips I’ve had before but it wasn’t. I thought I was relatively fit but trail building and mountain biking is not for the faint hearted. On top of that, as the only girl in the team, I was completely out of my comfort zone. But God kept up my strength and I persevered. I’ve never sweated so much in my life! The most important thing I learnt was that missional living is an act of intentionally looking for a way to share the gospel every day. We don’t have to be in another country to witness when our neighbours are also our mission field. I learned to let go of my misconceptions about how God works. I had to rely on Him in every way to be my joy through the heat, my tired body and in the midst of the unfamiliar. God showed Himself to be trustworthy. It was my favourite trip of all.
I went in to South East Asia to work hard, to work the land that will hopefully one day produce an abundant crop. However I did not expect to meet Christ followers whose whole lives are lived being intentional in creating relationships for the proclamation and sharing of the good news in Christ. Their intentionality has really got me asking the question “How intentional am I?” There was a glimmer of how plentiful the harvest is both afar and back at home.
“The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.” Luke 10:2
The trip really was too short but has left an imprint in me, of prayer that all of us may be workers in the field and that we be intentional for Gods glory.