I love this question – it is one of the ones I’ve been asked the most along this journey. I find it amusing on many levels. First, different people mean different things when they ask this question. Some mean, “What are you going to do to earn a living?” That is understandable. Interestingly enough, when I accepted this assignment, I had absolutely no idea! But I trusted that if God was calling me to go, He would provide a way to sustain me. Along the way, I found out that my little part-time job that came to me through a friend, where I could work from home taking calls for a family owned business that does bee hive removals, would port with me (thanks to Vonage) to Ecuador! So the job that I thought was just providing some income to keep me from totally living off savings while I prepared to go, (and allowed me to work from home so I could continue to “get my house in order”) now provides enough income to pretty much support me in this much less expensive economy – is God creative or what?!
But I believe most people in my circles, when they ask this question, mean “What are you going to do for God?” They assume that if I’m going, I must be planning some type of mission work or ministry. While I am confident God has “good works He has prepared in advance for me to do” while I am here (Eph 2:10), that is not why I have come (see “Story” page for background). Which brings me to what I find so amusing – that although many people read my initial letter explaining why I was moving, they just could not seem to process that I wasn’t going in order to “DO” something. I find this to be an interesting commentary on something I’ve been pondering about our society for some time – that we seem to define ourselves and our worth by what we “do”. We have become “human doings” rather than “human beings”.
Over the past few years I have been faced with the fact that most of the things people ask when they meet you, to get a sense of who you are, I am void of. I will go somewhere and meet somebody who will ask me, “Are you married?” – No; “Do you have kids?” – No; “What do you do?” (meaning, “What is your job?” – and for a time I didn’t have one) – Nothing. All the things that our society uses to label and define who we are, were absent from my life. And yet, I know who I am and Whose I am – and that alone is where my value comes from. And the One Who loves me unlike any other, loves me for who I AM and not what I DO.
So the answer to the question, “What are you going to DO in Ecuador?” – LIVE!