There are moments in life that cause us to search our hearts and rethink what we do. We call them defining moments. I’m sure you have had them as I have. They come around not too often, but when they do we pay closer attention to what is deep in our hearts. We walk away from these moments knowing something will change even if we can’t see it yet. It could be just a small tweak in the way we think or a complete shift in what we do.
Last September, I watched a sea of students mourn the loss of two friends who just died in a tragic car accident. My heart broke for them. So many of them are lost, without hope, and far from God. This world is full of young people like them. I shared with Julie the question that raced through my mind at that moment… How can we reach more students for Jesus? Although this was a question I had wrestled with for years, it hit me so much harder. Standing there seeing the hopelessness and asking that question was no doubt a defining moment for us. Little did we know God was preparing us for something far greater than we could imagine.
As I thumbed through the pages of my journal there was a theme that kept coming back: may I have the courage to follow God wherever He leads me and to do it in such a way that I will leave a legacy for my children and for generations to come. God has made it clear that we are to establish the PAIS Project in Brisbane, Australia where I will be the Pioneering Director! We are stepping out in faith with that courage to train missionaries to make missionaries. Instead of a sea of helpless and hopeless students, we want to see a sea of students respond to Jesus’ life-changing invitation to turn their tears of mourning into songs of joy.
What is your defining moment? How has God used difficult moments in your life to shape you and prepare you for all he has for you? What has been burning in your heart for years and how will you respond to what God is asking? What holds you back? Is it the “What if’s” of life? My wife reminded me that instead of our “what if’s” being thoughts driven from fear, why can’t our “what if’s” be thoughts filled with thoughts of hope for so much more. What if God can use you and me to increase the number of souls that enter into his Kingdom exponentially!
May these words from Isaiah 61 be an encouragement to you as they have been to us. “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.”
As the full-time PAIS Pioneering Director, like many missionaries, we are responsible to build a team who will support us financially and in prayer. We need finances for launching the ministry, for moving expenses, as well as ongoing monthly support. Will you prayerfully consider partnering with us in this ministry to see a greater impact for the Kingdom of God? You can give online: paisproject.com/donate All gifts are tax deductible. The PAIS Movement is making an impact in 10 nations across 6 continents. Be a part of the movement!