A Burning in My Gut

by Dale Fisher

I have been meeting with George, one on one, for four months. I've known him for about a year, and, while he was a graduate student, he regularly attended the Bible study that Marti and I continue to host for international< students. When George graduated, I offered to help him review some of the basics of the Christian life and learn new ministry skills.

George, at Christmas time

At the end of our last appointment, when George was polishing and then telling his God story, he shared that he had “a burning in my gut to go to far-away, hard-to-live-in places, such as Peru or Mexico, and share the gospel with those who haven’t heard about Christ.” He volunteered that this was a new feeling or burden that had come to him since we've been studying the Bible together. He doesn’t “want to go to convenient or comfortable places, but ones in which the water might be bad to drink, or you sleep in a tent and don’t know where you will sleep from night to night.”

George concluded, “I get excited when I hear about a trip to Peru. I want to go there!”

What a pleasure it is to disciple George and see him respond to God’s leading, by having a greater burden for those who don’t yet know Jesus, and a willingness to reach them with the gospel.


Scriptural reflection

2And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.

— 2 Timothy 2:2

† Dale: "A Burning in My Gut?"

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