When I was 2 years old, my family moved to Thailand for the purpose of taking the Gospel of Christ to a lost nation. My parents, along with their 5 children, ages 2 to 12, took a spiritual son as well, Bobby Nishimoto. He was in his early 20’s and shared my Dad’s vision to take the message of hope to an unreached nation. The move there was not easy on my parents nor was life there. After only a short time in Thailand, my dad became very ill. Though sick, my dad pushed through to get the ministry of printing Gospel tracts going. Soon my family was forced to return to the states as my father was dying. We did so but without Bobby. That was more than 50 years ago and to this day Bobby remains in Thailand sharing Christ with the people that he now considers his own. A number of years ago, I became aware that he no longer had the base financial support from the church that had “sent him out” and that many of his individual supporters had died with no one to replace them. My heart broke that a man who had given everything for the cause of the Gospel would have to worry about how he was going to pay bills! The burden was heavy and I knew that I must do something to help. My husband and I determined how much we could give a month and I reached out to people who knew Bobby asking them to consider giving. I gained a little traction, but not enough. I had to do more. There was no room in my life for a typical J.O.B. but I was determined. Lord, what could I do?
Insert here a phone call from my dear friend, Gail McWilliams. She called me on a Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. Funny how you remember details like that when your life is about to change! She began telling me about a business opportunity to partner with her selling skincare. Out of respect for my friend, I didn’t laugh at her, but I wanted to! “I’m honored you wanted me to join you, Gail, but it’s not for me.” Direct Sales ~ Network Marketing – uh…….NO. I told her I would gladly be her customer as I really did like the product she sold. She wasn’t happy with that answer and brought her business partner on the phone call. She was a very sharp, kind and polished gal who made some very valid points about the opportunity, but I wasn’t convinced at all. They asked me to pray about it and get back with them. That was easy enough as I figured I knew the answer. Because I told them I would, I prayed, then He spoke. “This is a tool I can use for you to send support to Bobby.” What God? Really? Network Marketing? Skincare? Oh man…….. Are you SURE God??? My husband agreed with God and over 4 years later, it’s what motivates me to keep going. Knowing that He put the compassion and desire in my heart and then gave me the tool to do it is WHY I do it!
Bobby could say, “I’ve served 50+ years. I’ve paid my dues. I’ve done my part. I deserve to rest now. Time for others to pick up the baton.” But he doesn’t. He continues to share the Gospel in the place God led him to. He continues the Kingdom work he and my daddy started together long ago. If he can do that, I can get out of my comfort zone and ask people to consider improving their skin. I know in my heart that I have a great product to offer, but it’s WAY bigger than that! I know that the work of a humble man on God’s mission will be supported. This skincare gig is a tool placed in my hand and Bobby is why I can’t not do it.