Kevin had been working in the Missions Department at GFA for a few months scanning photos of national missionaries and touching them up to remove scratches. Photo after photo. Sitting. Always sitting at his desk. After working as a traveling natural gas service technician for 12 years—and before that as a gunner’s mate missileman in the U.S. Navy—sitting was not something his body was used to.
“I didn’t know anything about ergonomics. … I was so sore. My neck was sore. My wrists were sore. Everything was sore. And I was just sitting there,” Kevin recalls.
He and his wife, Diane, were new on staff. They’d heard about GFA nearly 10 years earlier when Dr. K.P. Yohannan spoke at their church to share about the amazing things the Lord was doing in Asia and the great need for people to support the national workers there.
Kevin and Diane joined GFA believing God had led their family to become part of GFA’s Mission Support Team (MST) as behind-the-scenes missionaries who would use their gifts and abilities to serve the missionaries in Asia. Now, Kevin had reached a small breaking point.
As he sat at his desk, lamenting, something happened.
“I heard this still, small voice say, ‘Kevin, what will you do, and how far will you go to [help people in Asia know Christ’s love]?’” he recalls.
Kevin straightened up.
“I’ll do anything,” he responded.
From that moment onward, Kevin’s heart had changed. It wasn’t about the work; it was about God and the people in Asia who needed to know Christ—and that would carry him through the next 15 years of ministry.
Importance of a Healthy Inner Life
Working at GFA is different in many ways to working a 9-to-5 job. Work is more about doing life with the people beside you who have chosen to set their lives apart and give over all their hours in a day for the sake of God’s kingdom. It’s about living a Spirit-filled, Christ-centered, God-led life—and helping others in Asia discover that life.
“Even the [annual performance] reviews are encouraging you to evaluate your life,” says Diane, who currently serves in the Human Resources Department. “Is prayer a priority? Do you want to be with these people? If the answer is no, is something wrong? What can you change in your life, or are you being called elsewhere?”
Rachael, who has been with GFA for 18 years, has witnessed the importance of having an intimate relationship with Christ be the center of people’s lives and work.
“As we’ve gone through different seasons and different trials,” Rachael says, “one of the things that has been illuminated is … we can’t just be committed to working hard. We need to be committed to knowing the Lord and walking with the Lord, and that means you don’t just work really hard. You also spend time cultivating your deep life, and you take care of your inner life.”