I just returned from leading a missions conference and preaching in a couple of churches in Oklahoma. SBTS grad, John Elam, is the DOM for the Northwest Baptist Association, and was a wonderful host. I will be back in town and the classroom for a week and a half before I leave for Texas to teach a Perspectives course in three different cities. If you have been reading my previous blog entries you have probably gathered that I keep a hectic travel and work schedule. The truth is that I am happiest when I am most busy. In fact, I often have difficulty resting. The Lord saved me when I was 24 and I immediately felt a sense of responsibility for the years I had wasted and the need to devote all of my remaining time to Kingdom service. The down side of that is that it is very hard to say “no” when
someone asks me to serve. The Lord has blessed me with so many opportunities to serve Him that I often find myself with a very full schedule.

When you look around, you cannot help but be overwhelmed by the needs of the world and the Church. And, as a professor, I am also often driven to find ways to address the needs of my students. Over the past year I have meditated on and prayed about one particular need that has surfaced in every area of my ministry over the last two and a half decades- my local church pastorates, missions service, and seminary classrooms. In each of these ministries I have

consistently been approached by faithful individuals who are trying to discern whether the Lord is calling them to missionary service. Others are wondering how their call can be realized given various personal circumstances. I’ve lost count of the number of times I have been asked to recommend a book that will fully examine these issues. After much contemplation, prayer, and encouragement from students and friends, I have just signed a contract with Moody Publishers to write the book I’d like to recommend to those struggling with discerning a possible call to missions.

So, as I add writing a book to my full schedule, I would appreciate your help. You can help in a couple different ways. First, pray for me. Pray that the Lord would give me wisdom and discipline to be efficient with my

time and that He would guide the writing process. Second, if you have questions, ideas, would like to share your missionary call, or would like to suggest a crucial issue for the book, please email me at [email protected]. Due to time constraints, I may not be able to respond to each of these emails, but do appreciate any input you may offer. Please do not email my primary email account as I will need to manage the book related input carefully. The primary account’s spam filter sometimes blocks emails from addresses it does not recognize and I might lose your input. I have a little more than four months to complete the manuscript, so my blog entries may be sporadic and will probably focus on issues related to the manuscript development.

Some of you who read this blog are those who have emailed or stopped me to ask how to know whether the Lord is calling you to bring the Gospel to the nations. Please join me in prayer that the Lord would use this book to bring generations to a faithful understanding of His call on their lives- that Christ would be praised among all the peoples of the earth.
Soli Deo Gloria.

Prayer and commissioning photos courtesy of the IMB through Baptist Press

Dr. David Sills

Dr. David Sills is the founder and president of Reaching & Teaching International Ministries, a missions professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, speaker, and author.

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