I am in awe on how God moves sometimes. We have spent the past 6 months talking to around 30 mission organizations to find their full time needs as they relate to Information Technology (IT) and software development. We discovered an overwhelming need for IT generalist (networks, help desk, general IT support) in missions and some needs for software development. It appears that, in many cases, the mission organizations are not getting their IT needs met so they have never really looked at software needs. None-the-less, there is a large and growing need for IT and software specialists in missions
At the beginning of July, we started giving out prayer cards to our friends and family seeking prayer as we seek God on which mission opportunity to go with. We narrowed the group down to 5 software development positions. With everyone praying, God quickly began raising one opportunity to the top by greatly increasing my passion for what they are doing. We started feeling God was calling us to work with LightSys in Colorado Springs (www.lightsys.org). One of our zealous friends asked us if that was because it would be easy. I have to admit staying in Colorado is easy and there are 4 military bases that I would have retiree access to. However, it is not because it is easy why we feel called to LightSys.
LightySys operates as a mission organization to help other mission organizations. LightSys does IT and software work for any missions organization for free. They also organize, and oversee, the ICCM America conference bringing IT folks together to learn from each other, to encourage one another, and develop a network of relationships that will help each other better serve God in there IT roles. Lastly, LightSys also works to bring awareness of the growing need for IT specialists in missions as well as help mobilize these people to any mission organization, not just to LightSys. My role at LightSys would be writing software as well as helping mobilize IT folks and Karen would be doing administrative and some accounting tasks.
We believe that God has confirmed this calling to LightSys multiple times and in multiple ways over the past few weeks. First by the strong passion for what LightSys does and then by others that could easily see the vision. However, we wanted to hear the Word Of God tell us to go. I felt called to read Nehemiah and related to the move of God that Nehemiah was leading and that he brought so many people together to complete all while not making a profit; however I wanted something more direct. Then at a believers meeting, our afterglow, I was seeking to hear from God and one of our pastors took us to 2 Corinthians 1 about how Gods promises are yes and amen and started a discussion on trusting in what God is doing in us. However, we were still looking for something more specific. We went ahead and met with LightSys and verified that our vision and passion matches LightSys; and it did. We continued to pray for a word and prayed that God would close the door if we were not supposed to go to LightSys. The next day, while listening to a sermon on spiritual gifts, Jeff Johnson was talking about missionaries and creating a work and leaving it to the locals to continue; this caught my attention. Then he shared the verse “… I have opened a door for you that no one can close …” from Revelation 3:8; we now have our verse telling us to go.
Now we will be spending a week working along side LightSys as the final confirmation for us to go serve there. And again God comes through in glory. Karen and I will have to take some of the time off without pay. However, a couple of years ago, I got to bless a man with a trip that changed his life and never expected repayment. A couple of weeks ago this man gave us a check that will cover all our expenses and lost pay.
Please pray that God will bless this time and continue to grow us in His calling.
Update (Aug 9, 2018) –
Everything went very well in Colorado Springs. LightSys officially offered us a position and we accepted. Next step is to be commissioned by Calvary Aurora and then start raising support.