SALVATION AND CALL TO MINISTRY
My earliest remembrance of the gospel was hearing its explanation from my brother, Duane. I was a young boy in South Africa and learned that, “Because of our sin we should all go to hell; if we believe on Jesus, He will save us and take us to heaven.” I believe it was at that time, with a child’s faith, that I believed on the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour.
God began dealing with my heart about ministry as a young teenager when I saw a slide-presentation about the Congo, in Africa. Five years later, during my senior year of high school, the Lord used the lives of four godly men as well as a sports-related accident to soften my heart towards ministry. God began to put within me a strong desire to serve Him and on February 2, 1995, God clearly impressed upon my heart a calling to the ministry of the gospel. Another five years passed, and during the weeks following a missions conference, God dealt with me concerning missions. He used a passage in the second chapter of Philippians where Paul says concerning Timothy, “Ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.” As Timothy served with Paul, I believe God directed me to return to South Africa as a church-planting missionary, working with my father, Roger McCrum.
I was raised in a faithful Christian home, with parents who were constantly exposing me to the truth of God’s Word. When I was four years old, I began asking questions about baptism and salvation. My parents explained the Gospel clearly, but without pressuring me. I knew that Jesus loved me and that I needed Him in my life. I almost decided to wait “until I was a big girl,” but the Lord was speaking to my heart, and I prayed that night to receive Christ as my Saviour.
I was in my first year of teaching at a Christian school when I met David. He was half way through deputation, and although he waited a year to ask me out, we fell in love and got married pretty fast after that. Since my teenage years I had been willing to serve wherever God might want me, but had not felt a specific call to mission work before getting married. However, I took God’s bringing David into my life as His call for me to work in South Africa along with my husband. We were married in October 2003, and continued to travel on deputation together until September 2004, when we packed up and moved to Emalahleni, South Africa.
Since then God has shown Himself so faithful to us and I wouldn’t trade this life for anything.
God is the holy Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. He is a good God who has man’s best intent at heart.
Jesus Christ is the sinless, virgin-born Son of God who died in the place of sinful men and rose again from the tomb.
The Holy Spirit is present in this world to convict men of their need for Christ. He indwells believers at the time of salvation and provides the power to live for Christ, spiritual understanding, and spiritual gifts that enable a believer to serve others.
The Bible is God’s inspired Word given to us as the Holy Spirit guided human authors and is our guide for faith and practice.
Salvation is God’s free gift to all of sinful mankind. When we turn from our self-ruled, sinful life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Christ and can never be lost. If you are interested in learning about salvation, Click Here.
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. The former is promised to all those who place their faith in Jesus Christ, and the latter is promised to all those who do not put their faith in Jesus Christ.