Wednesday, January 16, 2008

They Saw Only Feet by Dean Nelson


I finished reading one of the missionary books put out by my church today, They Saw Only Feet by Dean Nelson. The call of a missionary often means sacrifice and surrender. Nobody knows that better than their children. Yet as the missionary kids in this book will tell you, God is faithful to care for His own. Between these pages you’ll meet men and women whose life experiences on the field changed them forever. Listen to their hearts, and let your own faith be strengthened as you do.

It is a book that details experiences and lessons learned of five missionary kids (MKs) stationed all over the world. What they shared was humorous, interesting and profound. One story in particular really encouraged me. Anita Birchard Reglin shared that her grandparents preached and played the organ in an empty building (church) for a full year. How discouraging that could have been, but they saw feet outside the building and continued following God's call on their lives. So often I tend to judge the results NOW, but in God's economy we are not the judge of effectiveness. We are just called to obedience.

Ted Esselstyn shared about the death of his brother Jimmy while on the mission field in Africa. Ted described that tragedy as a miracle. "God was at work. We forget sometimes that God performs more than miracles of healing; He performs miracles of transformation. And the greatest of all those mireacles is when He let His own Son die for us. Jesus died, enabling our own transformation." Pray for transformation in the lives of all Christians as we strive to become more like Jesus.

At the end of the book a Call to Action is given:

After reading this book, please consider doing one or more of the following:

1. Pray for missionaries serving around the world, that God will protect, guide, and sustain them.

2. Talk with your pastor or missionary president about how your congregation can provide better support for missionaries who might have special ties to your church.

3. Pray specifically for the children of missionaries, that the Lord will protect them and use their unique experiences to draw them closer to himself.

4. Find ways to "adopt" a missionary kid (MK) in college. Support him or her with prayer and small gifts throughout the year.

5. Pray for those who shared their stories in this book that God will continue to bless them and honor their faithfulness.

2 comments:

mikeswife said...

Robin,
I would really like to read/purchase"They Saw Only Feet"...how can I get
some copies of it??? In the past
several years God has brought some
very special MKs into our home...
some have lived with us while
attending college...one even married our daughter:) I am very interested in this subject. Have you read "The Happy Room" by Catherine Palmer? I have seen up close many of the struggles MK's face as they adjust to American culture. They do not feel "at
home" here but rather long for
the land they were born and raised
in. That is "home" to them.
Thanks in advance.God Bless!Lois

Robin said...

Hi Lois,

I tried to go to your profile to leave you a message, but it says your profile is not available - maybe you will check back here.

My college roommate was an MK and she opened my eyes to many things I wouldn't have thought of without her mentioning them.

What church do you attend? The missionary books I've highlighted in this blog are available through my church and many other churches to read and return.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy go to this site - http://www.nazarenemissioninternational.org/eduation/missioneducation/adults_books.html or call the publishing house toll free at 1-800-877-0700.

I will check the public library for the book you mentioned by Catherine Palmer.

God Bless You!

Robin