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My Passion

By Wyatt*

Wyatt is joining RMM’s team in North Africa with a desire to see the church established among those who have not yet heard the Gospel. During his initial phase, he is pursuing different opportunities for future work while studying the local language and culture.

My passion is simply this: I hold Scripture as authoritative in my life and Jesus says "go." It is not just something he throws in with all the other teachings, it is the Great Commission. I choose to obey that command because my passion is to know that I have given everything for his glory. Revelation 7:9 says that those from every nation, tribe, people, and language will be glorifying him around the throne, and there are thousands of people groups who have yet to hear of salvation through Christ. The Great Commission was not just for the original apostles, it is for us as well. These are the passages that drive me to share Christ in a place where he is not known.

My name is Wyatt. I was born in Iowa, as the second of five children. I understood that Jesus' sacrifice was the only thing that could make me right with God and accepted that gift at a young age. However, I viewed Christianity as a life of following the rules and a getting-out-of-hell-free-card. So I went through the motions until I came to realize that I had separated Jesus as Savior from Jesus as Lord. The distinction was impermissible, I had to accept both or neither. I couldn't do my own thing and hope God was okay with it. I had to give him control of my life.

After high school, I attended college and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics. I was given the opportunity to pursue missions training in Mexico after I graduated. It was a great opportunity to experience cross-cultural living for an extended period of time. I was able to learn to live in a new place rather than just experience it as previous short-term trips had done. I believe it has prepared me to become part of a new culture rather than just live in a new culture.

The first and most important challenge in North Africa will be language. Becoming able to communicate with people will be the primary task upon arrival, and it is a huge hurdle. Language learning is not like anything else I have ever done. Pray that God would give me perseverance. The goal is long-term and will only be achieved with constant perseverance. There will be days when I don't want to learn the language or have conversations with people who may never want to hear of Christ. Pray that God would be at work even on those days.

“I pray that the Spirit would open people's hearts to hear something that contradicts what they have always been told.”I desire to see a self-supporting body of believers existing in a place where the Gospel has never been sustained. To see that happen will take focus on Gospel proclamation and discipleship of new believers to maturity in faith. I pray that the Spirit would open people's hearts to hear something that contradicts what they have always been told. I pray that the message would not fall on deaf ears. I pray that syncretism would not happen. I pray that the rocks would be removed from the soil, that the birds would not snatch up the seed, and that the weeds would not choke out the acceptance of the message. I pray that when looking back it would be evident that God was moving and directing encounters with people for the expansion of his kingdom. That he would be glorified because he moved in the lives of people and I got to be a part of that.

Pray for Wyatt as he lives out his passion. Pray for patience and a clear mind as he works on learning the language and pray that God’s light would be seen in North Africa.

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