Unwarranted thoughts of, “How will I change a foreign land?,” surface with my anticipation of departure. I wonder did many ask this same question before? Have missionaries both short and long-term queried their potential influence on the lands they were to travel? Did they dream of being vessels used to ignite great revivals in lands engulfed by darkness?
The journey, but two weeks out, is unlike anything I’ve experienced before. Because of this, preparation has left me feeling inept and disjointed. I am without composure. Why is this journey affecting me so differently than the many of my past?
Possibly I’m right where God would have me? I pray so.
Maybe I am supposed to realize before departing how impossible it will be for me to change anything, even myself. How foolish then to plan for the alteration of an entire continent?
My friends have discerned well. The appropriate question is, “How will God use a distant land to change me, and maybe, just maybe by His grace, will He change a distant land for Himself?”