Author Reflections – Law-Abiding Volunteerism
Johnny “Mapper” Wycke used his foot to push his duffel bag forward in the customs line. The airport was not too busy but he actually preferred a busier airport when he was smuggling contraband into this restricted country.
Glancing at the vigilant customs officers, he realized that he would need a distraction to get past them this time. Johnny pressed a button on his watch. Behind him in a bathroom trashcan, a number of firecrackers began to burst. He scooped up his bag and passed the customs officials as they crouched and surrounded the bathroom door. (Inspired by a character in Dark Liaison by D.I. Telbat.)
There’s sometimes a fine line between serving God across closed borders and intentionally breaking the law. In my novels, you read of brazen acts of courage in countries run by anti-God dictators. Though it is my intent to inspire others to step out in faith, it is not my intent to encourage senseless sacrifice or illegal activity. We need to be law-abiding ministry volunteers.
God has given us a mission to preach the gospel. He has also equipped us with men and women on whom we may rely for training in this mission. (Call them our “Christian Special Forces.”) We know the Lord seeks willing and faithful hearts, but He also wants us to use our heads.
If you are interested in volunteering for short or long-term ministry, there are several ministry volunteer opportunities listed on the Voice of the Martyrs and Samaritan’s Purse websites. Get educated, pray, and, well, maybe invest in some fireworks. 😉
See you in the field!