Esther 4:14 (NKJV)
“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.”
“… for such a time as this.”
When this process began, we were 26 and 23. In the grand scheme of life, it wasn’t that much time. Yet, we were only just beginning. In June 2015, we decided to visit our friends that had recently joined a mission team in Cusco, Peru. What we found after spending an amazing 10 days there was a country thirsty for knowledge of God. We met complete strangers who had never heard the story of Jesus, but would walk into the church building off the streets looking for answers. We witnessed children dash into a Sunday morning Bible class without any supervision because although they were there every week, their parents haven’t become regular members yet. We saw people who had grown up believing that only a priest could tell you what is in a Bible, read the Bible diligently in one on one Bible studies. We were blessed enough to see a man, who only a year earlier claimed to be an atheist, be baptized into God’s family. We saw a need much greater than any we had ever dared believed exist in this world. When we returned, we felt as though the world had changed. No. We had just become more aware of how the world has always been.
Before now, we had never experienced anything in our lives that had pushed such conviction upon us like this – Latin American mission work. After a lot of prayer, thought, time, and arguing with ourselves, we decided that we must pursue what God has put on our hearts. Just like Esther, we knew that we were in a position to stand tall, to make a difference. God is amazing and he will use people to accomplish his work. If we had decided not to go, somebody else would fill the need. However, if we decided not to go after knowing that this is the greatest thing that we could do with our lives, how would we answer him when he asks us “why didn’t you go when I presented you with that opportunity?”
So this is our journey. Perhaps this is the moment for which we have been created. Perhaps this is His plan for us.