Rose Dobson was a twenty-two year old young lady when she decided that missions work was what God wanted her to do and Brazil was where God wanted her to be.
The Kayabi people she worked with did not make it easy for her. First, they thought that she was going to steal their words, so they taught her their language wrong as she worked to translate Scripture for them. Then, as she fought off various jungle diseases, she discovered that their headhunting days were probably not over.
Yet, despite all of these threats, Rose remained faithful to where God had called her. As a result of her translation work, and many adventures later, the Kayabi people now hold the Scriptures in their own language.
How does this apply to us as homeschoolers?
1. We must remain faithful to what God has called us to do. Our circumstances – difficult though they may be – should not determine whether or not we remain obedient to Him. Even when the three year old and five year old are fighting over the scooter, the baby is yelling for attention, the twelve year old is asking you to explain some complex math concept that you forgot how to do long ago, the seven year old is telling you she’s going to throw up again, and…well, you get the idea.
2. God uses stories to work in each of our lives. Hearing the stories and testimonies of other missionaries is what called many to the mission field. While on Earth, Jesus used parables to explain concepts to his listeners and Scripture is full of stories that God uses to teach us what we need to learn. So share your story with others. Don’t hide behind the desire to appear perfect or that you have it all together. Someone who is hurting needs a listening ear from you, but also needs to hear that we all struggle. Remember that God gives us the strength to continue.
“Moreover, it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful.” I Corinthians 4:2 (KJV)
What is God doing in your life today? It may not be easy, but it may be what He uses to challenge, encourage, and strengthen a fellow brother or sister in Christ. We are only called to be faithful.
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(Photo courtesy of Rose Dobson)