It’s days like these that can be rather difficult. It’s Sundays when no one other than my family and our co-worker comes to Sunday School that I realize just how much work we have to do here in Portugal.
When was the last time that you asked a pastor, “How many did you guys have in Sunday School yesterday?” with the response being, “Zero.” We had zero toddlers, zero juniors, zero teens, and exactly zero adults. Normally we have 5-8 adults (not counting our family) with another 2-4 kids.
Not last Sunday.
The funny thing is that we had about 30 come for the worship service and the Lord used His word greatly with the Holy Spirit ministering to people’s hearts. I was overwhelmed once again by God’s grace and moved to tears at the end of the message.
So, I want you to know that I’m not at all trying to sing a sad song and garner a bunch of trumped up sympathy. We love serving the Lord here, even with all of the challenges we face, but I want to paint an accurate picture of what some of those difficulties are on the foreign field, especially in western Europe.
However, not wanting the mood to get too melancholy, channeling Jeff Foxworthy, I’ve decided to do a list similar to the “You might be a redneck if…”
Mine is entitled, “God may NOT be calling you to Europe if…”
God may not be calling you to Europe if….you are someone who needs constant outside affirmation and encouragement.
God may not be calling you to Europe if….you are someone who gauges a ministry solely by the size of Sunday School attendance.
God may not be calling you to Europe if…you aren’t comfortable preaching without someone yelling “AMEN!” every 8 seconds.
God may not be calling you to Europe if…you enjoy preaching more on standards than you do on salvation.
God may not be calling you to Europe if…you expect to start a church, establish it and turn it over to a national pastor on your first term.
Given a little thought, I may consider a follow-up post about a few light-hearted hints on whether or not God could be calling someone to serve Him in Europe, but until then I’d love to hear from you in the comment section.