CALLED TO THE NATIONS
People always ask us, “What’s your story? How did you end up in Africa?” Well, we didn’t exactly hear an audible voice or see an open vision or even know instantly that this is where we would be and that this is what we would be doing. It was a calling that revealed itself progressively through steps of obedience.
To give you a brief background on our lives, I (Matt) was born and raised in Michigan. I grew up in a Christian family, the oldest of five. My favorite thing about school was sports and as I grew up, soccer soon became my best sport: the one that I seemed to naturally excel at. After graduating high school, I (like many high school graduates) was unsure of what career I wanted to pursue so I went to a private college (because of a soccer scholarship). During that time, I attended an Inter-Varsity missions conference. While at this conference, I remember seeing a vision of me playing soccer in the streets of Africa. I didn’t know what it meant at the time.
Shortly after seeing this vision, God began to deal with my heart about going to Rhema Bible Training College in Oklahoma. Through confirmation that this is what God was asking me to do, I took a step of obedience. I packed what few things I had and my dad and I got in the car and drove 16 hours from Michigan to Oklahoma, not knowing anyone, having no place to stay, no job and little money in my wallet. I was truly walking on the water.
When I arrived at Rhema, through a series of divine appointments (over a month or so), I found a place to stay and a job. I knew God was calling me into full-time ministry and attending Rhema Bible Training College was the first step I needed to take in fulfilling that call. At the time, I wasn’t sure which type of ministry I was called to, but I naturally enjoyed being with youth, so I began volunteering with the youth ministry at Rhema Bible Church. In my second year at RBTC, I chose to specialize in youth and had concluded that God was calling me to be a youth pastor, most likely in Michigan. Little did I know what God really had in store for my future; it slowly began unfolding when I met my next-door neighbor, Angela.
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