Missions: From Start to Finish – From Short to Long
Key Bible Verse: It is right for me to be enthusiastic about all Christ Jesus has done through me in my service to God. – Romans 15:17
Bonus Reading: Romans 15:15b-21
Straight out of high school, Ken went to work for a water drilling company in the mountains of North Carolina. A believer, he not only loved his work, but he also fell in love with and married Carolyn, the boss’s daughter.
After two volunteer short-term assignments in West Africa, he and Carolyn started praying about a way to serve overseas. But with no formal training, God’s answer looked to them like a no.
Then a friend introduced Ken to a young man who wanted a well dug at his farm home. Ken remembers saying, “Franklin, if you ever need to find water where you’re working in Africa, let me know.”
Months later Franklin Graham took Ken up on his offer, asking him to go to Ethiopia to explore drilling wells there. Ken launched a major well-drilling program for the National Evangelical Church, showing the love of Christ to thousands with pure, clean, crystal-clear drinking water.
As international director of projects for Samaritan’s Purse, Ken Isaacs now oversees work in nearly 100 countries. How did he land there? “God raised me up,” he marvels, “literally from the mud, as a blue-collar well driller.”
—Melvin Cheatham in Make a Difference
My Response: I’ll pray about using my skills among the world’s poor.
Thought to Apply: In 1944 the Lord called me from aviation to Himself, and now He has sent me back to aviation for Himself. – Nate Saint (missionary pilot martyred in Ecuador)
Adapted from Make a Difference (W Publishing, 2004)