"I will go, I will go / I will go Lord send me / To the world, to the lost / To the poor and hungry / Take everything I am / I'm clay within your hands / I will go, I will go - send me"
-Starfield "I Will Go"
Saying things like "I will go Lord, send me!" can be dangerous. God knows how serious we are and if he sees we are serious, watch out. Not everyone will be called to serve in the jungles of Vietnam though. Sometimes God calls people to minister in another part of their own country.
Some of you may already know I participated in two short term mission trips as a teenager. I went to Mexico in 2004 and Kazakhstan in 2006. Unfortunately the events of the Kazakhstan trip turned me off to missions and caused me to distrust missionaries. It's a long story and not something I want to get into.
For the past two months however, I have been feeling like God may be calling me to minister to the people of Fairfield, Iowa.
Fairfield, Iowa is the location of the Maharishi University of Management, founded in 1971 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, commonly known as the "Beatles Guru." Maharishi traveled the world for fifty years, teaching what he called transcendental meditation. Transcendental meditation, or TM, is claimed to be a relaxation technique, but in reality it is a form of Hinduism. The mantras used in the so-called relaxation technique are the names of Hindu gods and goddesses.
Even though Maharishi died in February 2008, this movement is still going strong.
I first heard of transcendental meditation ten years ago, when I was twelve. I was never formally trained in the technique, even though when I was between the ages of 12 and 15, I considered myself a Hindu. I read enough about the technique that I figured out how to go about doing it, even finding out through the Internet which mantra I was to use.
I used the technique for a while, quitting after I accepted Christ in 2002. I have only used the technique once since then and that was in July 2003. Now I feel like God is calling me to those people to minister to them, and get them away from the grip of the Maharishi and the technique he taught.
Has anyone else ever felt like God could be calling them to move somewhere and minister there?