By Ken*, long-term worker
Many people take advantage of retirement to live more comfortably, but Ken chose to step out in faith and go overseas to share Jesus with Arab people.
A deep love for Arab people
When I moved to the Arab world in my sixties, I knew that some considered me a little crazy! However, it was not a rash decision, but an outworking of God’s leading in my life.
Beforehand, I had faced a crossroads in my life about twenty years earlier. The Lord led me to leave a previous place of employment to join an office team of a Christian charity working with Arabs. The switch cost me some considerable pension benefits, but God reminded me of His faithfulness — He was far more reliable than any pension provider!
The day I started that role, I read Peter’s vision of unclean animals in Acts 10. My Bible notes asked, ‘What feelings do you have towards a group that prevents you entering wholeheartedly into Christ’s purpose for the world?’ I asked the Lord to give me a fresh love for Arabs.