As we were wrapping things up in the States, I was talking to one of my friends, and she asked me what my daily life would look like in South Sudan.
I replied by telling her that I would be learning the local language and building relationships with local people. I told her I would primarily be doing this by inviting a lady to help me learn how to do laundry, cook, navigate the market and clean in Tonj. In response to this she said, “Oh, so you will be doing what you do in the States, just in South Sudan.”
This statement sums up one of the most challenging thoughts I have wrestled with in the whole process of deciding to move our family over to East Africa. So often I would think of my ministry “starting” when we got on the plane. Ministry doesn't start when I decide to “go on the mission field,” however. It doesn’t start when I am doing a certain church activity or serving at a certain place.
We are called to make our whole lives centered around advancing God’s Kingdom, whether that is in Houston or South Sudan. We didn't have to move our whole lives across the world to “do” ministry. Africa is just where the Lord has called us to live our lives and in result, where he has called us to be in ministry.
We still go to the grocery store. We still walk around our neighborhood. We still cook dinner, do laundry, and strive to raise our kids with God’s grace and wisdom. Daily activities look pretty similar here to life in Houston, and some days that is all we do--the daily activities. But that doesn’t mean we can’t advance the Kingdom at the same time.
How we interact with our neighbors, the cashier at the grocery store, or our staff plays a role in furthering God’s kingdom. It's the daily things that sometimes take the most obedience and intentionality to stay centered on the gospel.