Anniversary day, January 1st! Today is the 39th anniversary of moving from banking into full-time ministry – after arguing with God for 5 years previously about making that move! I hated my job, but after 5 years of salary, a subsidised mortgage (2.5% in an era when mortgage interest was 14%), cheap car loan, pension…
I’d become locked into a comfort zone of income and money. The prospect of no salary, a 15% mortgage – an additional 1% as it was a re-mortgage – didn’t appeal to me a great deal, much as wanted to be involved in ministry!
I thought it would be short-term, like a year or two, never dreaming that a lifetime later I’d still be doing it, and with no desire to be a banker anymore….
All I can say is that the risk is worth it. There have been times when it’s been really tough, but the blessing far, far outweighs the battles.
No salary for 39 years, and I’m not even borderline anorexic(!!), I have a home (rented, not owned), a car, and food when I need it….
And in those years, I’ve had the privilege of God taking me to 110 countries, many multiple times (Romania 129, USA well over 100, Colombia 89, and many African nations multiple times, India, Mexico 30….. I’m so blessed….
Here’s to the next 39 years….