My Papa lived 33,757 days. Two thirds of his pilgrimage was invested in missionary work in Zambia where I was born. Later on he ministered on the island of Mauritius, then in Togo and Kenya. On August 10, 2019 his biological sons and spiritual families placed his earthly tent in Kenyan soil to await the rapture. Sage advice from my 92 year old father to new missionaries was: “Go slow, stay low and don’t blow.” His legacy was a gift received, a baton passed on, a treasured heritage. Only in eternity will we know how much fruit was produced by the seed God planted. At his Celebration of life, Papa’s African pastor shared, “You can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the apples in a seed.” In Psalm 90:12 Moses prays, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” My life is temporary. Everyone around me will spend eternity with or without God. This knowledge drives me to cultivate the soil of human hearts daily for His glory.    

 

Paul Fields (Assistant Director in training)