Food for thought…You have to be FAT to go on a mission trip!

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My friend Gail wrote this, she has been on many mission trips, although we can apply this to our lives everyday.  It reminded me of the scripture in 1 Corinthians that says “ But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty” God equips us, He is just looking for a willing vessel to work with.  I want to be that willing vessel that says “here am I, send me.”




I sat listening to missionary Jeff Hackett speak. He said to go on a mission trip you have to be FAT. That caught my ear. Does that mean that I can eat all the ice cream that I want and go on a mission trip? Wait a minute. Why in the world would you have to be overweight to go on a mission trip? I couldn’t think of any missionary that I knew who was overweight. In fact in most third world countries the food wasn’t very plentiful. Then Jeff explained that FAT is an acronym which stands for Flexible, Available and Teachable.

My Hand of Hope team leader Laura is famous for saying, “Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.” The dictionary defines flexible as being able to be easily modified; to respond to altered circumstances or conditions. Last November, I went to Ethiopia on a medical mission trip. Originally, we were to stay two hours south of Addis Ababa in a nice hotel with all the amenities including Wifi. I would be able to communicate with family every day. At the last minute, our location changed to eight hours south of Addis Ababa. Instead we stayed at a college dormitory with no amenities, no Wifi. I was not able to communicate with my family. I was a little bent out of shape. At the end of the week, the local Pastor told us that he had prayed for twenty years for a mission team to come and minister to the Ethiopian people in that area. God honored the prayer of that righteous man.

God wants our availability not our ability. Ability is our talents while availability is being ready for use. Ability depends on me while availability depends on God. Availability takes the focus off me and gives God the glory. Read 2 Corinthians 3:5. It says “Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.”

When I am available, I am able to be used by God. It is a “Here am I, send me” attitude. Isaiah 6:8 states, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” We are to serve God whenever, wherever and do whatever he asks. For most people going on a mission trip would not be easy, but for me it is easy, most of the time. Last June, I went to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip. When the date for the trip was announced, I was not thrilled. My fourth grandchild was due at the exact same time and I had been at the birth of the other three. Naturally, I wanted to be at the birth of that grandchild too. Even though I was not happy about the date, I did go on the Dominican Republic mission trip. And yes, my grandson was born on the last day of the trip. His name is Nathan. In Hebrew Nathan means “God has given or gift.” I had lost site of the fact that my grandson, Nathan was a gift given from God.

Most of you know that I am a pediatric nurse. I give kids shots, a lot of shots all day long. For me to give shots, I had to go to nursing school and be taught. I needed to know where to give the shots. I had to know what length needles to use. I even had to know what angle the shots go into the body. I had to be teachable. God wants us to be teachable. Two verses come to mind. Psalm 25: 5 tells us “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Proverbs 9:9 tells us- “Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.”

Yes, you do have to be FAT to go on a mission trip. You have to be fleixible, available and teachable. Not only does being fat apply to a mission trip, God want all of His children to be FAT – flexible, available and teachable. Are you FAT?

All this talk about being fat has made me hungry. I think I will go have a bowl of ice cream.


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