It might not be the most spiritual sounding aspect of the work that we career missionaries do, but the truth is that without logistics, nothing spiritual would ever come out of our ministry! There really is no escaping logistics in our pioneering line of work.
When writing newsletters and blogs I tend to focus on the most recent stories of transformed lives from our ministry. “How has God been moving among people this month?” I ask myself. While not a bad thing, I think it’s fair to take a few minutes to divulge some of the activities that lie beneath the surface of our work. These seemingly tedious, time-consuming and inglorious tasks enable all of the transformed lives stories we share to take place.
Imagine, the young lady who two years ago in Brazil was miraculously healed of post-partum abdominal pain. Without the months of planning for that expedition, our team never would have met her. Without the endless phone calls and emails securing a team of people’s passports, funds, visas and flights we would never have been able to share the Word and pray with her. Without countless hours researching and networking to learn and establish relationships with translators, pastors and leaders we would never have been able to leave her with a copy of the Bible in her native tongue. Without the media and recruiting workloads that we and others shared we would never have added more missionaries to the team that continue to work in that region.
Currently Angola lies before us, begging for God’s people to make a stand. We’ve heard the cries from the streets and the villages of that nation and even as far as we are physically, the sound in our spirits remains deafening. Yet zeal alone to return to Angola will only take us so far. It must now project us through the most mundane of preparatory tasks, those that mostly no one sees. Those that take hours and days and sometimes weeks, that sometimes only turn into dead ends that result in a return to the start anyway.
It’s fair to say the past month has been slammed with a focus on logistics in the Killough household. Whether it’s talking through container shipping details, vehicle purchasing and/or importation, fundraising, immigration requirements or documentation acquisition, we’ve been hashing and rehashing out plans like our lives depend on it!
We’re learning more and more each day about the challenge we’ve taken on, and by God’s grace each added “burden” we receive with joy, knowing that we are one step closer to reaching those He loves so much. I choose to see each new piece of the puzzle as beautiful as if it were a testimony of one of God’s children before my eyes today. “You’re telling me I have to list the contents of my household goods container down to the last teaspoon?” Wonderful, that enables someone to reconnect with God. “You’re telling me Angola’s unsteady economy could be slowing down the issue of visas and driving up prices to astronomical rates?” Beautiful, someone will soon be receiving the peace that they will spend eternity with Jesus, forgiven and made whole. “You’re telling me we and our two small children won’t have permanent homes until we arrive in-country and can arrange something?” Magnificent, because soon someone will be receiving their healing; their freedom; their family; their prosperity; their salvation; their ministry. And for that alone all the logistical challenges are more than worth it.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:20, 21