I have been wondering for a long time what I am going to do when I graduate college. I knew once, but that was a few years back. Even before that, I had had a passion for missions in high school. Reading the likes of Keith Green and many words of Jesus, I wanted to be as sold out as I could; which meant in my mind being a missionary. During this time, I was growing by leaps and bounds and looking for every opportunity for God to move. I would sometimes spend hours at a time reading the Bible and listening to worship music, letting the Holy Spirit teach me. It was a wonderful time.
About Christmas my senior year, I heard God speak to me very strongly to go to Elim Bible Institute for Bible/ Missions training; and with the help of my parents, I did. I immersed my self in scripture and was able to minister in different ways.
It was around October that I was having a crisis though. I knew God had gifted me strongly in engineering but I did not see an effective way to advance the kingdom of God by building circuits. Couldn’t this job be done just as well by a non-Christan than a christian? and how can I use it on the mission field? God asked me amongst this: “What if I asked you to stay in the U.S.?” => “Ok, God. Whatever you say, I will do. I just pray that I can be effective for your kingdom.”
It was at that time that God showed me radio engineering missions. Let me explain this: Imagine a city of a million people. Now imagine a team of 4 missionaries trying to reach these people. Unless they do outdoor meetings that thousands of people attend, they will not even reach a fraction of the population with the Gospel. Radio, on the other hand, changes that. Not only can they reach the city but also the countryside if hey have, say an FM station. Keep in mind that unlike the US, in other countries, people listen to the radio a lot. Another option with radio is what is called short wave, or HAM radio. This type of radio, instead of being line of sight, can bounce off of the atmosphere, kind of like in a prism, and cover huge areas of land. This is useful, for instance, when during the USSR, HCJB had a station in Ecuador (in South America) that could cover all of the USSR with the gospel. This technology, along with satellite, internet and others, are extremely effective, especially in creative access countries like China and North Africa. For instance, there are over 500,000 listeners to a satellite broadcast in Morocco. Radio Engineering missions enables missionaries to be able to install, service and even have new technology developed to reach more people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Ok, back to my story.
From that time on, I planned on going to Grove City College to get an electrical engineering degree to do this radio engineering thing. And I did! While I have been at Grove City (I am a senior now) I have had a number of events in my life that have made me weary and cautious of missions. I am not necessarily proud to say this, but the past year or so, I had no intention of working doing full time missions. A number of things have changed my understanding: I said earlier that missions was somehow a “higher calling” or something. I no longer believe that. God calls some people to missions. He does not call others. Deal with it. It is not as much a spiritual aspiration as God ordaining a path to follow. I knew that I had no peace about just working but I tried to convince myself that I would be happiest if I did that. About a week ago, that changed. I realized anew that I don’t want to be comfortable in life but at the end of it have wasted it. I also had to acknowledge that God had placed a call on me to do radio engineering missions and if I didn’t do it, I would not be walking in obedience (I Cor 9:17). So, I now know what I am called to do. And what peace do I have! I am finally at peace knowing that I (God willing) will work for HCJB Global Technology Center in Indiana where they do all the engineering work for missionaries all over the world.
Hopefully you will betting future updates, but this is where I am now. God bless you all-