A Scripture, a Song, a Soccer Game
“I have something for you to read.” Neil pointed to a Bible verse. Marvin silently read, “Awake to righteousness and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.” He felt stabbed in his heart! Neil, who had just returned from a year’s missionary/Bible training, wanted Marvin to join him when he and five other young people left from their Denver area church for training in California. Marvin felt he had a valid reason for not stepping out into missions.
Marvin, who had accepted the Lord right after high school graduation, was growing in his new-found faith. He had been the man of the house ever since his dad had left him, his mother and four younger siblings. At 10 years old, he started working…early morning newspaper deliveries along with after-school and summer jobs to help his mother keep the family together. His help was still needed.
Praise God for the dynamic, missionary-sending church the Lord directed Marvin to. Pastor “Sherm” was busy with a large church but took time to mentor young men…he poured God’s Word into Marvin’s life. Missionaries spoke passionately of God’s great love for the millions still untold. And that stabbing verse, 1 Corinthians 15:34, continued to resonate by the Holy Spirit’s guiding. When the next group of young adults left for missionary training, Marvin was on board! God, always faithful, took care his family and my husband Marvin never looked back…that was 70 years ago!
For me, God used a song to direct my heart. Unlike Marvin, I came from a Christian home, full of love and tenderness towards God’s heart. “I’ll go where You want me to go, dear Lord, Over mountain or plain or sea; I’ll say what You want me to say, dear Lord; I’ll be what You want me to be.”
For my ACTION missionary friend, Erin, God used a soccer game to guide her towards giving her life to serve Him. One day after graduating from architectural engineering, and having found a good (but not fulfilling) job, she was walking in a park in North Carolina. A group of young adults invited her to join in their soccer game. They invited her to a BBQ afterwards, then to a Bible Study, and later on a 2-week missions trip! For 12½ years now, she’s been loving on and working with very poor kids in the Philippines.
How will YOU hear God’s calling? A verse, a song, a soccer game, or ??? Let’s earnestly pray Matthew 9:38!
I enjoyed being together three weeks ago with ACTION missionary, Erin Johnson on her way back to the Philippines to Brand New Day, an outreach and rehabilitation program for street children that she and her co-worker founded in 2009.
Approximately 1.8 million children in the Philippines are on the streets due to extreme poverty and broken families. These children are out of school, hungry and vulnerable to drug addiction, theft, abuse and gangs.
Erin has been using her architectural skills in planning for new facilities on their own piece of land God has provided for.
It will be a home for 70+ children as well as education and skills training to even more vulnerable ones. Thank you ACC for helping me to be a bit of help.
Marvin at New Tribes Missionary/Bible Boot Camp.
Marvin, shortly after arriving in the Philippines, pioneering with co-missionary Florentino Santos among the headhunting Ilongot tribal folk of northeastern Luzon.
One day bus trip from Manila, 3–4 hours on a weapons carrier, then a few hours on a logging truck to the end of the mountain road—then 3 days hiking the mountain jungles to reach the Ilongot tribal area. Hard on hiking boots! Had to bind the flapping sole with a strip of rataan! (3+ days to nearest little store! 😊).