I became a missionary when I was only 26 years old. I have invested most of my career in starting new churches and planning evangelism projects aimed at reaching the unchurched. It has been very fulfilling, and in my opinion, successful. But the scope of my ministry remains small because I serve in Vermont, which is a small place.
Recently the Lord reminded me that we should never underestimate how God might be using us in big ways even though we may feel small. God used some simple statistics to remind me of this. I started a blog in 2009, mostly to connect with young people, but also to have a on-line “file cabinet” of ideas I could point people to who needed something to make their ministry more effective. To my surprise, 22 months later almost 5600 different people have visited the site. That is a bit mind boggling to a pastor no one has ever heard of.
But what is even more surprising to me is where those people live. While the vast majority live in the United States, just over 100 people from Canada have visited the site. Maybe that should not be a surprise since I live only 2 hours from Canada. But over 80 people from the United Kingdom have also visited the site, as have 50 people from South Korea, 45 from Germany, 43 from India and 39 from Japan. Who would have thought that a few words typed into a computer to help some friends would find their way into the minds of so many people from so many places. God is doing big things, even in small places like Vermont. I am grateful to be a small part of His big plan.