This one comes from Tom.
How can I quit my job and help others in need?
I’m not entirely sure how you can quit your job Tom since I don’t know you personally. But I can tell you how I quit mine. 🙂
This dream to work for Mercy Ships didn’t happen overnight. I was basically doing what all Americans do. Work, get paid, buy stuff, pay rent, go on vacation, buy more stuff, get into debt, repeat. I was doing this from the time I graduated from college in 1985 until 2008. Living “the dream” so to speak.
In 2006, the Lord put this little idea into my head, go be a missionary in Africa. How in the world is that going to happen?
In 2008, I went on a one week mission trip to Haiti. I was hooked. I knew the first thing I had to do was get out of debt. I never cared about being in debt until that one week in Haiti.
I made a serious plan to get out of debt. I also began to look for a missions organization to work for. I joined one in 2009 that seemed good. Between them and my church, I learned how to start raising support, no easy task. I basically took on raising support as another job. Raising support takes humility, courage, enthusiasm, time, and perseverance.
Things didn’t really click completely until Mercy Ships. Even then it wasn’t until I had actually come to the ship for 6 months last year that my enthusiasm and commitment exploded. Suddenly, raising support became less of a burden because I’m so behind what I’m doing here in Africa.
So Tom, I quit my job in bits and pieces. I went from working full time to travel nursing to staff relief. I also have 2 boys I had to encourage toward independence at the same time. It’s been a real process.
Last but not least is faith. It takes real faith to trust that God is going to make sure I have enough to work here. He’s the one who asked me to do this for Him. He is my Employer. I work for His glory. I confess I still struggle with fear of not having enough, of being stranded in Africa with no way to pay for the things I need. But God is faithful even when I’m faithless. I really believe I’ll be here as long as He wants me to be here.
One last thing:
16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Hope I answered your question sufficiently. 😀
Working hard. Saving lives.