God calls with a nudge
Today, as I lay on my back under a tree, listening to the wind and enjoying the amazing presence and peace of God, I thought back to how I came to the mission field in Mozambique nearly 24 years ago. My first mission contact was with my church that took a group of us to Swaziland in southern Africa. I cannot remember much of the trip, but what impacted me was watching a man receive the gift of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. It was so dramatic. His body jerked and he just started to speak in the most beautiful language. There was no human effort, his countenance changed, his face lit up and I stood and stared in amazement thinking, “this is what I want to do – impact people with the Gospel”.
We all had to share about the outreach in church the following Sunday and I experienced God’s anointing as I spoke. It was awesome, although I was terrified, with my knees knocking and my mouth dry. I was incredibly insecure and shy but at the same time a rebel, so in the natural, not a single soul would have considered me a suitable candidate for missions. But from that day on, the Lord started to change me and my heart’s desire was to reach out to others.
After some time, and becoming much more involved in the church, my cell group offered to sponsor me to study full-time at a mission school. It was very tempting to accept the offer but because the call was not certain, and they would be disappointed if I didn’t end up on the field, I went to a part-time mission school while working and supporting myself.
This is where I met the man God clearly showed me I was to marry. He had just completed the mission course the year before I joined and was preparing to go to Mozambique. Exactly one year later, just after I graduated, we married and I joined him in Mozambique. We have raised two sons and had the most amazing Godly adventures imaginable – along with many very tedious and tough times too of course – but I would not change it.
My calling was never anything but a sure idea that this is what God wanted and the circumstances always seemed to line up. It was as if God was always nudging me in that direction. Even during the tough times in Mozambique, I knew I was where God wanted me and never doubted it. He is faithful in every way and the scripture that had the most impact on me while preparing to go was Romans 10:14-15:
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!
(2002-08-01). New Spirit-Filled Life Bible (Kindle Locations 166019-166020). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.
By Sue Fosse
Paul and Sue have been World Outreach missionaries in Mozambique since 1989. They have a heart to see the Makua and Lomure people start to reach out to Least Reached People Groups in Northern Mozambique.
Paul and Sue are involved in overseeing +150 churches with a local team, this entails leadership training, advice and prayer. Other ministers that they are involved in include training preschool teachers and visiting them to give hands-on advice.