Nations 2 2021 | An Interview with George and Mia – Missionaries in Ethiopia
“I hit the lowest point of my life. One night I cried myself to sleep and in a dream, I was given a picture of Africa…”
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR FAMILY
Hi, we are George and Mia Lee. We have 2 boys who are 5 and 2 years old. George is from New Zealand and was saved at University. Mia was brought up in Japan and Mozambique as a missionary kid (MK). We met in NZ where we were both working at the same hospital. George works in rehab and biomechanics and Mia is a doctor. We had both been to Ethiopia before meeting each other. We were brought together over our mutual love for Jesus and Ethiopia!
OFTEN, WE HEAR OF PEOPLE BEING “CALLED” TO MISSIONS, WHICH CAN BE QUITE ABSTRACT. CAN YOU ARTICULATE HOW GOD HAS CALLED YOU?
George: My journey to Ethiopia began in my last year of University where I hit the lowest point in my life. One night I cried myself to sleep and in a dream I was given a picture of Africa. Later that year, I investigated mission organisations, and within 7 weeks, with barely enough to pay my rent, God provided the money I needed for a short term mission trip to Ethiopia. After my two month term there my heart wanted to return but I had no idea of the what or the when. Fast forward 10 years, Mia arrived in my life and our desires to do missions in Ethiopia had now crossed paths. I had to make a decision to stay in NZ and pastor, or marry the love of my life and make disciples amongst unreached I hit the lowest point of my life. One night I cried myself to sleep and in a dream, I was given a picture of Africa… 5 people groups in Africa. It was during an exploration trip to Ethiopia where God clearly spoke to me, and the dream that had laid dormant for the last 10 years was awoken. So for me there were some catalysts in figuring out my calling, which took some time to realise. Looking back during the 10 years between first going to Ethiopia and meeting Mia, God had prepared me for the field through pastoring, lecturing, bible college and running my own business.
Mia: As I grew up as an MK I had an awareness of the nations and unreached people groups from a young age. When I was 11 our family moved from Japan to Mozambique to plant churches amongst an unreached people group. It was during the 3 years there that I saw clearly the power of the gospel to transform lives and communities, and I knew I wanted to do the same with my life. Since then my passion has always been to go where Christ is least known!
WHAT‘S A MISCONCEPTION YOU HAD OF BECOMING A MISSIONARY?