I delight to do Your will, O my God and Your love is within my heart.
A Message from a Missionary to Romania
By Nancy B. Gibbs
For years, I felt God’s call to go on a foreign mission trip. I am convinced that God had begun preparing me for this trip years earlier. And in His great timing the day finally came to board a giant plane and take off to a place that was totally and completely different than anything I had ever witnessed before. It was an incredible experience and one that I will never forget.
I’ve had people to inquire as to what was my favorite part of the trip. I’ve had others to ask about the most moving experience I witnessed. Then there have been others to simply say “tell me about your trip.”
It’s hard to answer any of the questions in just a few words. And once I get started sharing I become a rambling machine. The entire trip was awesome. Somehow, while being on this trip I felt the power of God in a way like I have never felt before. There was never a time that I thought He had moved away from me. He was as close as a whisper, yet He also seemed as strong as a mighty and powerful wind.
At the beginning of the trip, I placed my life in God’s hands. I realized that I had no control over anything once I stepped on the bus and headed to Atlanta to catch a plane to Charlotte, North Carolina, then to Germany, and then to our final destination, Romania. I commented several times to those around me how one of the greatest lessons I had already learned is that I had to submit my wants, my desires and control completely over to God.
I have to admit leaving my family behind was the most difficult of all the tasks associated with this trip. Roy and I had never been that far apart, nor had we ever been away from each other for that length of time. But when God calls us to do something we are required to obey Him and follow His lead.
My family for that week was our mission team – Gary Leutzinger, Pat Story and Bruce Howland. We shared many exciting moments together. We laughed and rejoiced in the fact that God had called us to such an important task together. I am convinced that God put our team together even before we boarded the planes.
God promised me in His Word that He would never leave me alone. He was just as real on the six airplanes on which we flew as He is sitting on the second pew at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church on Sunday mornings. I was thankful many times, when situations were just a little different, that I could call on Him. He was my great companion. So I suppose I have to say feeling the closeness to my Lord and Savior was the greatest part of the trip.
Then there were the people. The words I use to describe them are adorable, precious, and great in God’s sight. They don’t have the resources that we have here in the great USA. They had enough to get by; yet not much more. They had the love of Jesus in their hearts however. They were kind, generous and loving. I saw more smiles there in Romania than here in our country.
Sharing my testimony over and over again was exciting. Fitting the people with eyeglasses was an incredible opportunity, but when I saw prayers being lifted up and people accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior that was the best part of the worship services.
My body is still a little confused about what time it is. I had no idea how long it would take to get back accustomed to our time zone. When I lay down to sleep and can’t, I remember the smiles I saw. I remember the joy on the faces of those who could see to read after not have sight for many years. I was one of the lucky ones who placed glasses on their eyes for the first time and saw the expressions when they could read the tract that I held in front of their faces.
I am happy to be home, but I am also thrilled that I experienced a trip that I will never forget. For years, I’ve been called a pastor’s wife, a writer, a speaker and an evangelist. But now I can be called a missionary. A missionary is simply someone who takes the good news to other places and to people who may otherwise never hear the gospel message.
What is another special part of my trip? It has to be in the knowing that God trusted me enough to go to the other side of the world to talk about Him. How special is that?
I am now a missionary and I carried his message to many wonderful people in Romania. I feel honored, blessed and loved by God. And my life will never be the same again. Thank you for all you did to make this trip possible and thank you for your prayers.