Doing Missions As A Couple

Being called to international missions is not only a beautiful vocation, but it's even grander when He also puts that calling on your husbands heart as well.

I had been on many mission trips since I was 16 including Jamaica, Guatemala, Brazil and Ukraine. 

Each trip has had its own unique agenda and I was able to encounter each beautiful culture and its people, but one thing remained the same - the purpose. We were there to glorify God at the root of each day.

    “Declare his glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples.” (Psalm 96:3, New International Version)

When I married in 2015, it had been years since my last foreign mission trip and I was itching to get back in the field. But we, as husband and wife, were not called anywhere internationally until this year.

    “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” (Isaiah 6:8, NIV)

It is hard to wait for God’s call. Taking a trip in our own volition would have been a selfish indulgence rather than listening to where God needed us in the first year and a half of our marriage.

    “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord..” (Psalm 27:14, NIV)

When the opportunity presented itself to go to Honduras this past June with our church, it was a no brainer that we would go together. My husband is the production director at the church, so his mission was to capture the teams time while over there by way of video. I, of course, got to work with the sweet children at school each day.

It was an interested trip in that I know a minimal amount of Spanish, so communication with the children was difficult. But difficult does not mean impossible.

    “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26, NIV)

My husband had been to Honduras three other times when he was younger, but to an orphanage the church works with. This trip was brand new in many ways for both of us.

    “He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:5, NIV)

With it being new, challenges arose and we learned more about each other and how we work as a team on the mission field.

Just as you are a team in your home, you get to see your significant other pushed to the limits of themselves on trips such as this. It was telling into the importance of helping each other and growing alongside one another while there.

    “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor; If either of them falls down, one can help the other up..” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, NIV)

Aside from constantly making sure we were each hydrated enough (which we are bad at back home), we had the opportunity to talk about what God was teaching us through our time there.

The “theme” if you will from this trip was “it’s not about us.” And how true that was! We would catch ourselves and each other about to complain about the heat, bugs or language barriers and remind one another that the trip was to glorify God and help Hondurans come to know Him better.

    “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Philippians 2:3-4, NIV)

We were able to see one another love others abundantly in the name of Jesus each and every day. It was a beautiful thing to see my husband play soccer with Honduran children, help Honduran locals build latrines and watch him blend his love of God and videography.

    “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6, NIV)

The international mission field is a wonderful opportunity for husbands and wives. Do not let time, money or fear stop you and your spouse from answering the call God has placed on your life to go, wherever that may be.

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