From time to time, we feature profiles of Xenos elders, sphere leaders, and missionaries. Today we hear from R & J, working in Southeast Asia. Note: for privacy purposes, we are not including their names and location.
How did you become a Christian?
R: I came to Christ at Blowout Camp as a 6th grader in 1993. I had gone to church some as a young child but never understood the gospel until it was explained at a teaching at camp that year. It was the first time I understood that Christ had to die for my sin, and that personally trusting him was the basis of a relationship with God.
J: I was raised in a Christian family and came to faith at a young age. I got serious about my walk in high school when a teacher started a guys’ Bible study at my school. When I moved to Columbus and ended up in a ministry house my relationship with God became my own in a new and real way.
How did you become a worker in the missions field? Was it something you always planned on doing?
It was something we both became interested in as teenagers before meeting each other. We both talked about our interest in serving cross-culturally while we were dating and considered it as a real possibility early on in marriage. But we always wanted to remain open to whatever God had for us, overseas or in Columbus. When the call first went out to send more workers to Southeast Asia, we hesitated at first because of our other ministry responsibilities (we were leading in the College & High School Groups, and R was serving as a sphere leader and elder). But it was really through prayer, and the Body of Christ, that God revealed that He was opening this door for us.
What do you do on a normal day?
We have a family with 3 young kids, so they are a big part of our daily life. J manages the finances for 9 locally run NGOs that are connected with our ministry. We both coach leaders and develop equipping content. We are often sitting in traffic and we kill a lot of cockroaches!
What do you miss about the U.S.?
People and fellowship. The convenience of American life. Great medical care.
What do you love about the people and culture where you work?
People are so friendly and warm. Strangers welcome you into their homes. People are always smiling.
What has surprised you about being a field worker?
All the cultural assumptions we make without even realizing it.
What do your kids enjoy about living overseas?
They love the year round warm weather, their friends, the beaches, and the food.
What do you do for fun?
We love being outside: swimming, hiking, enjoying nature. We love living in a place where we can enjoy the outdoors year round with out worrying about cold and snow.
What can people pray for for you?
We are always in need of God's wisdom and direction--it's hard to over-emphasize how precious God's perspective is.