I feel like having this phrase written on my forehead (or at least screenprinted on my T-shirt!) as I head off to South Asia for a ministry project in my late 60s. What am I thinking, to join a group of young Asians in a slum district of a big city? But mission is not something that can be put aside just because we had certain birthdays. If God calls us, he knows why – and he knows how he will support us – even when it seems to us in our wisdom that circumstances are not favourable. The easy thing would be to say, “It’s too late!” (or the companion phrase: “It’s too hard”.)
Kiwis Cliff and Lynell Thomas exemplify “Not too late” so well. Not only are this couple in their 50s, but they are heading to a new ministry in Thailand with son Jaz after a long and thoroughly faith-testing process that has seen financial support trickle in slowly.
About three years ago, Cliff and Lynell were asked to consider going back to Ethiopia, where they served as a young couple, but this stalled, and a new opportunity to serve God in Asia opened up. “Now after three false starts, much frustration and joy – God teaching and guiding us,” they say, ” we are on our way to Chiang Mai, Thailand, arriving there on 15 December.” But they still have a shortfall of $560 a month to come in.
It really is not too late to contribute. The best goal-saves are the ones that happen in the last minutes of the game! Be part of the adventure of sending someone to work in God’s fields. Help them reach their target support before the end of November. (Phone us on 0508 474669 or click here to donate). And pray for them as they begin this time of huge transition.
Maybe it’s not too late for you. SIM is looking to recruit more people in their 50s and 60s. If you are about to retire, or feel called to make a life change to better use the experience and accumulated knowledge of your life, contact us for a conversation. Phone us on 0508 474669 or click here.
Let’s talk. It’s NotTooLate to serve in mission! –– Polly