Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Our Call

So why are we going? We have heard this question a few times and we wanted to tell you all about our call into missions. Sorry there are no pictures but please read the following info, we think that it is worth the read.

During my freshman year at Liberty University I was asked to be a prayer leader by my RA and he asked a question that would change my life. He simply asked, where do you see yourself after 4 years? I tried to think of the best, most spiritual answer that I could think of, and said, well if God gives me 4 good years of school, I will give Him a year overseas. The truth however was different, I had no intentions of being a missionary but wow it was a great answer, really spiritual. I did not care about missions, missionaries, or the people of the world. I took a required mission course and said great, we need missionaries but not me Lord, but God was working on my heart. I finally gave into the call of full time Christian service my second year in school but thought that I would be a youth pastor, not a missionary. I was traveling with a ministry team called Youth Quest and a friend of mine was telling me about the Journeyman program, which is a program for single, graduated college students, to serve for two years. All of a sudden God started to remind me of my promise that I had made my Freshman year and I knew that it was what God wanted me to do.

During my time as a Journeyman I was able to serve as a sports evangelist in Mombasa Kenya. I had been working on my high school basketball team and God had really started to work. When I first started when we did not have practice my team would come to the house and watch basketball tapes from the States. After a while they stopped coming because "He talks to much about Jesus" and started to watch the games at my assistant coach's house, a young man named Robert Mugabe and then God worked on His life and He was saved radically and started to preach Christ to them every time they came over. Well they stopped coming to his house and started to stay at home in a very hard to reach apartment complex downtown. We were all praying that God would work a miracle in order that they will also hear Christ in their homes, and GOD answered our prayers! It was during a school break one day I had two players come to my house, Emmual and Opery. Without even saying anything I knew that God had done something amazing in their lives! I could tell that they had met Christ by simply looking at there eyes. In Kenya there is not much hope for young men, a huge unemployment rate, college very hard to get into, and a large drug and AIDS culture, eyes simply had no hope. But when I looked into their eyes, I could see that they HAD THE HOPE OF CHRIST in their eyes! God had saved them and now they were preaching Christ in the apartment complex that we had been praying for! God is GREAT!

I went on my first missions trip between my junior and senior year in high school. I knew at that moment that I wanted to do missions one day. I started praying that God would provide me with a husband who was called to missions. While attending Liberty University getting my BS degree in Biology I took several elective courses in missions and worked in the missions office. After college I went on a short term mission trip to Haiti; I knew this is what I wanted to do but just didn't know where God was specifically leading me. At that time Brent and I started dating, and He told me about his call to go as a Journeyman to go to Africa. A year and a half later I found myself stepping off of the plane onto African soil in Kenya and knowing this is what God had in store for me. We didn't know where God would send us but we both knew one day God would bring us back to Africa and so our journey starts.

Many people don't understand how we can just pack up and take our 2 year old so far away. Honestly all I can say is that when God calls you to do something you have to do it. God calls people to serve in many different areas and this is what God has for our family, so we ask that you would pray for us and pray how God can use you as well.

People need the Lord. Missions is God's heart, He desires everyone, every tribe, every tongue, every people to know Him. Pray how God will use you, is He calling you to pray for the lost tribes of the world, give to missions, reach your unsaved neighbor, or even go and serve overseas? God will answer your prayers! God is Good!


  1. I am so excited for you guys! This is going to be an amazing opportunity for you! I can't wait to stay updated and hear how Great God is!

  2. We miss you already Amanda! I enjoyed reading this "Turner Adventure" page!! Have fun!!!

    T. J. Elkanick