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        Many people have asked me, "How can you know for sure if God is calling you to be a missionary?"  I am not going to pretend to have all of the answers to this question, however, I am able to relate the feelings and beliefs that I have concerning God's call on my life, specifically as it relates to being a missionary.

        When I surrendered to the ministry, I did not know what God had planned for me.  I believe that being a minister of the gospel  is not exclusively a call to pastor, even though I have been honored to serve God in that capacity.  I believe that I was serving as a minister of the gospel when I was a youth minister, a music minister, a children's minister, a short-term missionary, a Christian school teacher, and as a pastor.  These are all different aspects of ministry, but all are ministry.

        As far as a special "call" to missions, God has placed a special call on my heart for the unreached masses of the world, especially in southeast Asia.  I believe that this is a special call in that He has called us all to make disciples of every nation.  I have an unexplainable burden for the people of southeast Asia, and I feel that God has placed us here and equipped us for this work.  Thus, I am compelled to "go" both by my burden for the people and by my Lord's command to reach the world with the gospel.  I can understand why the great missionary to China, Hudson Taylor, once said, "It will not do to say that you have no special call to go to China.  With these facts before you and with the command of the Lord Jesus to go and preach the gospel to every creature, you need rather to ascertain whether you have a special call to stay at home."

        You see, Christ commissioned the church to reach the world!  What is the church?  The better question is "Who" is the church?  God has called you, if you have trusted in Him as your personal Lord and Savior.  Jesus explained very simply His plan for evangelizing the world.  He said, "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then the end shall come." Matthew 24:14.

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