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How It All Began (Five Missionaries' Stories)
Rev Gordon Siu
One summer some years ago, I was in Ivory Coast in Africa to attend a conference of the Alliance World Fellowship. On the way I visited the mission fields in Kenya, where I met a few missionaries whose testimonies left a lasting impression in my mind.
1. One of them was a missionary in Tanzania, a poor, politically unstable socialist neighbor of Kenya. The missionary used to shepherd a church of about 500 people in the USA. When the church received clear guidance from God in prayer, it sent its pastor and his family to start missionary work among the unreached peoples. They decided to serve a tribe in Tanzania. When I met the couple and their three children, the missionary told me all about Tanzania in great enthusiasm. He also told me that a couple from among their deacons and another from among their elders in the US church would be coming to Tanzania to serve together with the family.
2. Then, there was a Christian lawyer from the United Kingdom. He retired early to work at the headquarters of Africa mainland’s church union in Kenya, taking care of the legal side of the union's property-related matters. His service was valuable to the church.
3. There was also a missionary doctor from Luxemburg, Europe, who happened to be in Kenya. The population of Luxemburg at that time was about 360,000, of which 95 per cent were Catholic. He miraculously came to Christ while studying in Belgium. Though he was unable to find a Christian church when he returned to Luxemburg, his faith was built up in a Bible studies group. He later decided to offer his life for full-time ministry as a missionary in Zaire. He was in the tenth year of his ministry when I met him.
4. I also visited an airplane factory of the mission outpost of Africa Inland Mission. I was greatly surprised by the large number of unnamed workers who offered support to the missionaries. They included pilots and crew members who transported the missionaries to and from places otherwise inaccessible to the outside world. These people are also mechanics who can do maintenance work for the planes without much facilities. There are other related services at the outpost: a small bank, insurance service, a ticketing office, etc. Brothers and sisters from across the world were united in a collaborative effort to support the mission.
5. For many years, a sister from the USA taught Mathematics and the computer at a school for missionary children in Ivory Coast (most of the teachers and students of that school were from The Christian and Missionary Alliance). The students liked her and she was grateful to God for her serving role.
All these brothers and sisters found their roles in missionary work. Let us also ask the Lord: How can I be a part of Your missionary effort?