Stephanie has an uncle named Dwayne. Dwayne is a missionary, but not a very typical one. He flies airplanes, not in the jungle, but in northern Alaska and Russia. He is a really interesting guy to talk to.
A friend of his just released Open the Sky, a book about Dwayne’s life and ministry. I have really enjoyed learning more about Stephanie’s Uncle Dwayne through this book. One thing that I have found really great about his example is that he sees everything in life as an opportunity to minister. He explains that life in Alaska is difficult and mere survival takes a huge amount of time. For most missionaries this would make it difficult to find the opportunity to minister, but for Uncle Dwayne it is HOW he ministers. He explains that you should be ministering to the people around you in everything you do, even in just surviving. He talks about the opportunities he has had to minister to people while cutting down trees and splitting wood and repairing airplanes.
I think this is a great testimony to what it means to minister to others. Although I don’t live in the harsh climate of Alaska and although I don’t fly or repair airplanes I feel like his testimony really rings true in my life, and I think it rings true in so many people’s lives. It takes the role of ministry out of some special place, reserved for special people like pastors and missionaries, and puts it right back where it belongs: in everyone’s life in all that they do. What we do and how we go about it testifies to our love for God and our love for others.
What do you do? Do you consider it an opportunity to minister to others or do you save ministry for special times and special people?
So my good friend Josh is a missionary in Belgium. If you want to learn more about him you can check out the interview I did with him a couple months back. Well, one of the things he does in Belgium is play his bass. He’s really good. I remember when we roomed together and I would hear him plucking away some Red Hot Chili Peppers or Primus song. That was always really cool. So he is doing that stuff over in Belgium now. He plays in a couple bands. He is going to be on a short tour with one of those bands, the one in the video above. Please continue to pray for Josh.
The song in the video is a translation of The Time Has Come by Hillsong. These are the lyrics in English:
Found love beyond all reason
You gave Your life Your all for me
And called me Yours forever
Caught in the mercy fallout
I found hope found life
Found all I need
You’re all I need
The time has come
To stand for all we believe in
So I for one am gonna
Give my praise to You
Today today it’s all or nothing
All the way
The praise goes out to You
Yeah all the praise goes out to You
Today today I live for one thing
To give You praise
In everything I do
Yeah all the praise goes out to You
All we are is Yours
And all we’re living for
Is all You are
Is all that You are Lord
Just wanted to pass along this update I got from Dave and Joan King (Stephanie’s grandparents) for anyone who may be praying for them as they minister in Kiev, Ukraine.
We made it to Frankfurt at 5 AM, waited 3 hours, then to Kiev by 1:30P. Our driver and missionary friends picked us up and took us to their flat.
I am having a hard time staying awake…:O). I keep dropping off into dreamland.
Thanks for remembering us in your prayers.
Please continue to pray for them and the people they are serving in Ukraine.
Check out this video of my friend Josh, who is currently a missionary in Belgium.
Also I interviewed Josh last month. If you haven’t gotten to listen to that you can find it here.
Stephanie’s grandparents are leaving for Ukraine tomorrow. Dave has posted a brief update on their blog with prayer requests and their intended schedule. In addition to his normal work at KTS (Kiev Theological Seminary) they will be working with an outreach ministry, bringing musical instruments to kids in the local park, and purchasing a van for a disabled ministry in Korosten.
We will miss them while they are gone, but are always glad to see them serving God and the people of Ukraine.
I plan on catching up with Dave via Skype while they are over there and posting that conversation to the blog so keep an eye out for that, and I will keep a prayer reminder up in the “Missions” column (on the far right) of the blog.