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Life Changing Sermon on Missions


A couple of years ago I listened to a sermon David Platt titled “The Church’s Goal: Among All Nations.” Near the end of the sermon he read a letter written by a woman named Karen Watson. Karen served as a missionary in Iraq. She left the letter with her pastor, only to opened in the case of death.

She did die– killed in a drive by shooting while engaged in missions work.

This is some of what Karen’s letter said:

When God calls there are no regrets. I tried to share my heart with you as much as possible, my heart for the Nations. I wasn’t called to a place. I was called to Him. To obey was my objective, to suffer was expected, His glory was my reward, His glory is my reward.

The Missionary Heart:

Care more than some think is wise.

Risk more than some think is safe.

Dream more than some think is practical.

Expect more than some think is possible.

I was not called to comfort or success but to obedience.

There is no Joy outside of knowing Jesus and serving Him

Karen Watson

I was reminded of this letter recently. Karen’s words cause me to freshly consider the cost of following Christ. Though the cost is high, there are no regrets. His glory is our reward.

You can listen to David Platt’s sermon here.

You can download a PDF of Karen’s full letter here.