“What if God offers you the ocean …and you’ve settled for the swimming pool?” Kyle Idleman
These past 6 months, Rev. David Collins has travelled across Australia, visited Wesleyan Methodist Churches and testified to God’s call and a conviction for his life covering the years ahead. Recently, WesWords had a conversation with David, gaining insight into what God’s been doing, and the path he believes God has laid out for him into the future:
WW: So David, tell us about your planned move overseas?
DC: I could never have imagined myself living in the Solomon Islands and serving God there. I didn’t choose this place: rather God working through a series of events and experiences, I believe, choose me for this task. It’s been a wonderful journey, thus far….
WW: How did you come to know that God wanted you to specifically serve Him in the Solomon Islands?
DC: I’ve had a fascination with our diverse world, all my life. By the age of 15, I knew I would become a missionary, though a sense of inadequacy for the task prevented me from actively pursuing that sense of call for many years. Through the belief of others and experiencing the fruits of involving myself in cross-cultural ministry, both in Australia and overseas, I’ve come to realize how God has especially graced me to serve Him in a unique way. More recently, through focusing my efforts on ministry in the Solomon Islands, I’ve become aware that God has singled out this place as one for me. In June 2013, God directed me to a text that clarified his leading in my life: If I ride on the wings of the morning, if I make my home in the most isolated part of the ocean, even then you will be there to guide me; your right hand will embrace me, for you are always there. (Psalm 139: 9-10 The Voice)
WW: The Wesleyan Methodist Church has had a presence in the Solomon Islands for some time now. Tell us about your planned ministry there?
DC: My efforts will focus on overseeing the ministry training program that other Australian missionaries have supervised for a number of years. In doing that, I will seek to equip others for this same ministry, such that I can ultimately ‘pass the baton I’ve received’, so to speak, onto them. In addition, with the Solomon Islands’ Government offering the Wesleyan Methodist Church a lease agreement on a parcel of land (at Noro, on the island of New Georgia), for use as their National Headquarters, including establishing a National Ministry Training Centre, I will be working with the church to develop this site. This will not only include the construction of ministry facilities, but working on projects that can facilitate community development through the National Church and generate funds that will finance the ministry provided through the training centre.
WW: What’s the timeframe for your ministry in the Solomons?
DC: God willing, I believe, I won’t need to continue living overseas beyond 10 years. Of course, the Australian ministry partnership will remain, but I’d like to think we’d operate as peers in ministry with Solomon Islanders contributing to the work in Australia as much as we might continue serving them.
WW: What do you see as your biggest growth area?
DC: God give me more grace! I think the steep learning curve for me, as it’s been for much of my life, will be in the area of patience—patience with God, patience with others and patience with myself. He’s not finished with me yet. As He continues that work in me, He’ll be able to use me to finish the work in others.
WW: How can we help?
DC: Pray and then do what God tells you. If that involves joining me in some way in the journey I find myself on, then I’ll be grateful. If not, you’re better needed somewhere else.
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