This life was not my dream...

I grew up the son of two preachers who dreamed of one day becoming a doctor, a lawyer, a writer... anything except a minister and I certainly never dreamed of becoming a missionary here in Papua New Guinea. I wanted to live a private life far removed from the unceasing scrutiny of judgmental church folk... I wanted to live a "self sufficient" life free of dependency upon the favor of God and possessed no desire to follow in my parents footsteps of living by faith. However, a elder man of God from Oklahoma prophesied over me when I was ten years old saying, "I see you standing on blue carpet behind a pulpit ministering to thousands and you are the only White person in the Church!" but I rejected that unwanted Word and ran away from that destiny for a decade until I finally accepted the call of God. A few years after my Ordination, I obeyed God and said goodbye to all that was familiar to me and boarded a plane for Papua New Guinea. My first year in PNG was the hardest of my life... adjusting to living in a grass hut, overwhelming loneliness, malaria, abandonment, being physically attacked by the people I had come to minister to and later having virtually all of my money stolen. I survived entirely by faith. I was sustained by the hands of Asples ravens who met me by the brook of my betrayal. At a point where I was ready to give up on PNG and was unsure of whether or not God had really taken me there I was invited to preach at the largest Church in the Capital and as I stood trembling behind that pulpit at a loss for words I stammered and looked down at my feet only to realize that I was standing on blue carpet and when I looked back up at the thousands of Islander saints looking at me I awakened to the realization that the Word of prophecy given 13 years before had been fulfilled in my life. I have remained in love with PNG for nearly a decade now and traded all my own dreams for the promise of a holy and transformed nation interwoven out of a thousand tribes. I yet remain here vowing to continue fulfilling my purpose of creation.