I spent the next few days in turmoil, trying to make sense of what was happening. The minister of our church felt that God wanted to test me but he did not believe God wanted me to end my studies – my Greek and Hebrew marks were just too good! In the end I never went to Zimbabwe as a full-time missionary. I actually studied for 15 years.
Was I disobedient to the call to go to Zimbabwe? I don’t think so. I completed my practical theological studies in Harare and visited the country three times. In September I will return to Zimbabwe to join Tearfund’s Thinking Theologically gathering. But the message in the book was a turning point in my life. It was the catalyst for a journey that led me to mobilise South African students for mission, to work with poor communities and reconciliation in countries around the world and finally to Tearfund as Theology and Networking Manager for Africa. To a certain extent, the work I am doing now is the confirmation of that message from God 35 years ago. The difference is that Zimbabwe is one of the countries I am involved with but not the only one.
1) Mission envisioning is both corporate and individual. It is an invitation to the local church as well as to people in the church.
2) Mission envisioning is about discovering a way of living, not necessarily about one specific project.
3) Mission envisioning is about joining God on a journey and not just a response at a particular point in time.
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