As you know, we are preparing to be first-time missionaries. I mean, we’ve always tried to live a with a missional mentality and we’ve tried see every place we’ve lived as a mission field. But, fairly soon, for the first time in our lives we will be sent as missionaries to a specific field with a specific purpose. While we’ve done our fair share of traveling, this will be the first time we’ve lived overseas and we know there will be a tremendous learning curve.
Part of what we are learning now is what we need and value as a missionary family. Some of what we need (or will need) we learn from reading books. Some things we are told from people who are currently missionaries or were in the past. And some things we are learning through experience.
Here are a few specific examples:
1. We know we need enthusiasm and excitement (not to mention love and covering) from a sending church.
2. We know we need specific point-people to champion the work we are doing and help us communicate effectively with the broader body.
3. We know we need tons of prayer as we seek to be as useful as possible in the hands of God.
4. We know we need a great team of excellent, trustworthy people to work alongside.
Enter: Summit Christian Church and our outstanding Global Outreach Team
Right now, as we speak, a team of people are praying for us, helping us prepare for the field, and growing increasingly enthusiastic about the cause laid out before us. Even now, the Lord is preparing a team of people for us to work with and He does so with a thorough knowledge of our hearts, passions, strengths and weaknesses.
Promises such as Matthew 28:20b “…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” become richer and fuller as we stake more and more of our lives on Christ. The more we stand to lose for Him, the more dearly we cling to His Words and His character. Even in this, He becomes all-in-all and we realize our true and utter dependence.
If you are one of the dear ones praying, thank you. If you do not have a system in place to pray for us, or other missionaries in your life, perhaps consider how you can make your prayer-life more intentional, thoughtful, or organized. Please pray even now for the Lord’s guidance. A prayer for us could sound very much like these precious lyrics from a song I love, “Jesus, take away every darkness. Steady my simple footsteps. That I might in your goodness – live as a child of God.”
Phil and I love to pray for our friends and if you are presently in need of prayer, please inform us so we might approach our Good King on your behalf. Have a week rich in His love and presence. Your Friends, the Vanas.