One of the most common questions we are asked is, "How did you become a missionary?". Well, there is not a short way to answer this question. There were many factors that played a role in us being on the mission field. I could say it was going on short term mission trips or God dropping a love for the Bulgarian people in our hearts, and yes these were factors, but I want to share about my personal revelation or discovery that I realized during our visit this summer to the United States and how we were already being trained for the mission field some twenty years ago.
I have come to realize over time that not one ingredient makes a chocolate cake, but we do tend to focus on what we think the main ingredients are like cocoa and sugar (chocolate). In reality, the main ingredients in a chocolate cake is the flour, milk and eggs. We, or I, just tend to focus on the sweet and delicious flavor of chocolate instead of the main ingredients that makes up a cake. Now you are probably asking yourself... "What does chocolate cake have to do with becoming a missionary?",so let me explain. While home over the summer and visiting different ministries and pastors that have meant so much to Dee Dee and me, I realized about the main ingredients that made us missionaries. We have been a part of some super ministries over these last twenty years that shaped us and imparted certain gifts in our lives. What I call our "main ingredients that made us missionaries" are: Christian Life Church, that gave us a hunger for God's word and a passion for his people, Calvary Baptist Church and Calvary Christian School taught how to be faithful to God's vision and God's purpose and stay on that path until you accomplish the goal, and Christ Community Church that taught us how to love your brothers/sisters and live together in fellowship in the grace of God. These were the main ingredients that made us become missionaries, this is our flour, milk and eggs that made the missionary cake that was twenty years in the making. I thank God for these ministries and people who have poured into our lives, and I am very grateful for God baking our "cake". Now you know how we became missionaries.
Daniel Chance Galloway