Todd Nettleton of VOM Radio recently interviewed Will Hart of Iris Global, a missionary organization. Read part of their interview below to learn about Will’s advice for future missionaries.
(Source: VOM Radio. Edited and condensed for length and clarity.)
Todd: Welcome to The Voice of the Martyrs Radio. We are in the studio today with Will Hart. Will, thanks for being with us.
We have listeners who are sensing a call to go to some other nation and serve the Lord. How would you advise them? I am especially thinking of young people. [Will you] advise them or give them some next steps?
Will: One of the things that we do is we train up missionaries in our organization. We partner very closely with a lot of organizations. We are friends with YWAM. If anybody is looking to go, I would encourage them to get training. Get equipped to the best of your ability.
But at the end of the day, who is Jesus inside of you? Do you really love Him? The things that keep me going, the things that keep me continuing to give my life away are purely out of love.
We are compelled by love of Jesus to give our lives away for the sake of the gospel. Yes, get training. Go and get the best training from the best, whoever that is. But nothing will replace the positioning of yourself amongst the poor, the sick, the needy, and the broken.
This is not a light thing, knowing that the missionaries have been hurt. But if you are one of those that has the calling of the Lord, [you go]. At 17 years old, I had been saved for only six months. God spoke to me so clearly, that there wasn’t anything that could stop me. And I moved to Paraguay. I only had $200 a month that was coming in, and I had failed Spanish three times in high school. But I would walk the street and I would watch God move.
Go to the “Ask a VOM Worker” section in the archives of this site to read more advice for Christian youth.