My wife, Marie and I lived in southern California before we came to GMI. We were attending a Sabbath School class that happened to be studying about country living when someone recommended watching David Gates. We had no idea who he was or what he did but Marie watched some of his videos and was so impressed that she recommended them to me. She was especially inspired by the story of God’s miracle healing of David when he was a baby and his intestines simply didn’t work and the doctors had done all they could. I thought he was probably another good preacher but I had heard plenty of good preachers so I wasn’t in any big hurry to watch.
Finally I got around to watching David’s videos one day and was surprised by his actions, not just preaching, and the simple faith he acted on, especially the story of his start in Guyana. That was different! Inspiring! I went to the GMI website to see more and was excited by so many descriptions of missionary opportunities! Not that I thought I could fill any. I did not know any language but English and was not an airplane pilot, mechanic, nurse, doctor, dentist, agriculture specialist, Bible worker, or IT engineer. Not only that but we still had a daughter and a son in college to support.
Still, I couldn’t help but explore the website. My curiosity carried me to the blog tab. It was there, buried in one of the blogs, that I found a story and pictures of what was being done in the media department of GMI in Tennessee, USA. As I became acquainted with the needs of the GMI project through the eyes of the script writers, camera operators, video editors, music composers, and set builders, I became more and more excited. Here was what I could do and wanted to do! Would God want me to help with this project? How would we know?
We began to pray and study. And then we came across Nehemiah 2:12. “Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me. And I told no one what my God had put into my heart to do for Jerusalem.“ And Nehemiah 7:5 “Then my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles and the officials and the people to be enrolled by genealogy.” I realized that God was putting this desire to work for Him in my heart! No human would have thought to call me up in California and recruit me for such a volunteer position. God does His own recruiting inside us!