Camp Speaker: David Torna
We never could of imagined this journey for ourselves. It took years for the Lord to bring us to this place, but we could not be more content than where we are right now. This journey has not been easy, not one bit. But it has brought so much joy and reward to our life. In ways unimaginable we have grown in our faith, in our hope and in our love for Christ. It was in 2011 when God interrupted our lives and began the process of pulling us away from where we were rooted and began in our hearts something we could not shake. It was a process of prayer, of counsel, of difficult conversations and some of the hardest decisions we have had to make so far in our lives, that has brought us to this exact place where we stand now. We are honored that God has called us to himself in this way. We know that in this process we will become more refined to reflect His glory. And everyday we are reminded that it is nothing of our doing that has brought us here, but it is his grace and unending mercy that has carried us.
As we took each step with faith and asking for His guidance and wisdom we knew that things had to change in our lives in order to get to where He was so clearly asking us to go. So in the fall of 2013 we both resigned from our current positions at a local church. We stepped away from a ministry we had faithfully served for 7 years. We said goodbye, with heavy hearts, to that chapter of our life and welcomed a new beginning. In the summer of 2014, we took a two month vision trip and visited four countries. We met with workers and nationals and learned from their experience, saw how they lived life and immersed ourselves in the the SE Asian culture. We fell in love with the people of SE Asia and we could not get past the spiritual darkness that loomed over the country like a thick fog, blinding everyone who was walking in it. Our hearts swelled for a certain people and place and since we have been home we have been taking big steps to get there as fast as we can. The urgency we feel for these people is unwavering. We KNOW this is what God has asked of us, to be a light in a dark, dark place. Now we journey forward, feeling confident in the ministry the Lord has given us. Our heart is to fulfill that ministry well, to count our lives as nothing in comparison to the great task that is in front of us.