‘We’re ready to go where we are needed most.’ For Wycliffe workers Joe and Heather, going where most needed has taken them a long way from the course they had anticipated:
The couple served in Papua New Guinea from 1980-2007 as office equipment technician/trainer and national translation training administrator… When their third son had completed high school and was ready to start university, they returned to England to work at the Wycliffe centre there. Some people thought they would spend the rest of their days in England.
But in 2013, God made it clear that they should prepare to return to Papua New Guinea to serve as regional centre managers. Once again they said, ‘We’re ready to go where we are needed most.’ They already knew the language and culture, and had friends all over the country – it seemed a perfect fit for them to return to fill this need.
The role of the regional centre manager includes booking transient housing, cooking meals, finding supplies as needed and sending them out, managing finances, making repairs, and being flexible to meet whatever need arises. Their role as support workers helps the translators to concentrate on their language work in the village. Read more on The PNG Experience blog.
Many people might have thought that Joe and Heather were done with their overseas missionary service after 27 years, or might never have thought of being a centre manager as the job of a missionary. If you have been called to serve God in mission, don’t let your expectations stop you from obeying.
If you want to explore the many options to be involved in mission, our four-day event The Next Step is a great place to start. The next event is in Oxford from 21–23 March. Find out more.