Top 5 Reasons God Called Vicki to Thailand Instead of Me

When Vicki told me that she and Conrad were sensing God’s call to Thailand, I was far from shocked.  Deep down, I knew that their time in small-town Ohio was temporary and that the call to down-town Asia was right around the corner.  However, denial is a very comfortable place for me, so accepting this as our new reality has had its challenges. 

Am I the only one who experiences a measure of fear and unease when people start talking about being “called” overseas?  I can remember hearing my dad tell a story about the fear he experienced around a camp fire in southern Michigan when he was a young boy.  A missionary from Africa was telling his story and stated that God called him to do missions overseas.  My dad sat around that camp fire and prayed, “Please, don’t call me to Africa, please don’t call me to Africa.”   I admit that I have said that prayer many times over my growing up years whenever missionaries would come to our church to share their story.  There is something terrifying about the idea of leaving all that is familiar and moving my family to a village far, far away.  Especially if that village is home to strange bugs or rodents.  Shudder.

Does this mean I will never leave the states to follow God’s call?  Certainly not.  I am open to God’s call even if He does lead me to a village far, far away.  There is some comfort, however, in knowing that He has to convince Jon first.   But for now, in true little sister form, I’ll let Vicki do it first and see how it goes.  Until then, I am confident in God’s call to this country, this state, and this small town in Ohio.  This is where He wants me…for now. 

So, here are the top 5 reasons God called Vicki to Thailand instead of me. 

#5  – We can’t take this Cockshutt 30 with us on the plane.  Do you want to tell any of the boys in this picture that they have to live without that tractor?  Me neither. 

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There are no words to communicate the deep love all four of these boys feel for this tractor. {Photographer}

#4  I have a thing about public restrooms. 

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Dude. If you can’t figure out how to use it, it shouldn’t be used. {Source}

#3 Bartering is a necessary skill in Thailand. Therefore, so is basic math.  One time, I was at a garage sale and I found a great set of end tables.  There were three end tables and the price tag read “3 for $30.”  I yelled, “Hey Mom!  Check out these end tables. They’re only $8 a piece!”  When she noticed the price, she looked at me with alarm and said, “Kimmie…run that math again.”  Noticing my error, I said, “Oh, right…duh! $9 a piece.”  Enough said. 

#2 Motion Sickness.  One time, when I was about 7 years old, I was on a boat ride on Lake Huron with my family and some friends.  About halfway through, I started to get woozy and ended up feeding the fish with the pea salad I had eaten just prior to our lovely trip. Considering that Bangkok is called the “Venice of the East,” with boats as a main source of transportation, I’m better off driving my Chrysler.  The fish in Thailand will thank me.

Water Taxi!  {Source}
Water Taxi! {Source}

And the #1 reason God hasn’t called me to Thailand: this headline – “Rat Delicacy in Thailand.”

Peace out, Vicki.  Let me know how that goes. 

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15 thoughts on “Top 5 Reasons God Called Vicki to Thailand Instead of Me”

  1. I remember it took me a while to get use to the less than warm showers in Costa Rica. Vicki will remember that we decided to shower in the late afternoon when the stored water was warmer. Then there were the flying beetles we showered with. If God calls me to another culture, I know His grace is sufficient and new for each day. I would have to lean heavily on that promise. I also DON”T LIKE SNAKES!!! Especially the BIG ones. Hot humid weather doesn’t suit me either. I guess I am into the comfort I have–is that my idol?!

    1. I don’t know about the idol part, Brenda. It’s a challenging question to consider. Vicki tells me that the amenities in Thailand are modern, so hopefully cold showers won’t be part of her daily routine. As for snakes…it’s why I’m thankful Mom and Dad settled in Michigan instead of Mississippi. Yikes.

  2. Oh, Brenda! I’m with you! I.HATE.SNAKES! When I was moving away from Pigeon, I certainly thought about moving to my land of Mississippi, but they have SNAKES! My sister can verify this…. Don’t you think God uses our fears!?

  3. Great story and reasonable reasons, Kim.

    I remember similar feelings when our son Andrew was born about three years after daughter Sarah. Proud Mama Sally and I looked at each other and said, “We’ll put this new baby (boy or girl wasn’t known yet) into the baby room, while sister Sarah moves into her big-girl room. It’ll be the same crib, the same changing table, the same toys, we’ll just repeat what we’ve been doing parent-wise… WOW! Nothing to this parenting thing!”

    Well, like you and Vicki, two different kids developed in our family, first noticed about two seconds after Andrew was born. There’s no cookie-cutting in people. We’re all individuals, even though we share similar experiences and history and love.

    We’re not all called to be missionaries, and we’re not all called to be good cooks, or have straight teeth or great hair either. Besides, some people have to remain back here, to share the missionaries’ stories with the world!!!

    1. Thanks for reading and posting, Mark. You’re right – Vicki and I are very different and I am very willing to let her experience the mission field in Thailand while I stay behind and share her stories. :)

  4. I remember the same fear your father might have had. At EMHS we were practically pulled into going into some kind of service because that was what a good mennonite person did. I was scared stiff I would get called to China, Africa or India. I would close my ears to the “call”and felt guilty for yrs. Don”t ask me how I ever ended up in Europe but at least it wasn’t the above mentioned places. I honestly believe some people do get “called”and others don’t but each group is greatly important. I really admire Vicky and her husband and are happy for them but I also know that Kim and her family are doing what they are good at where they are. God bless both of you sisters in whatever you are doing and wherever.

    1. Thanks for posting, Marye. I didn’t realize that you went to EMHS. I would love to hear more of your story some time. Any interest in a guest post? :) Thanks for your kind words, too. I’m glad you’re reading our story.

  5. very good reasons..I love reading both your posts…there was a time where I really wanted to leave Huron Co. behind and do missionary work in Romania. I had been there a few times and loved the orphans..I wasn’t married and didn’t have kids so I just thought for sure God would call me there…and he didn’t. Instead He told me to stay home and take care of the orphans in my own back yard (Huron Co. and my work with YFC) though disappointed at the time…today I am so glad I am where I am and God has called me to be here…and I hated the bathrooms over there anyway..most just like the ones you pictured…Thankful that God hasn’t called me to that!

  6. Thanks, Leann. I think I remember your traveling to Romania to work with orphans. I’m glad God called you to where you are, too. I love seeing the pictures of you and your beautiful family. And the many “orphans” you served in your backyard are thankful, too.

  7. I’ve always been a worrier. as a child, during missions week, I would leave the church in tears after hearing the missionary talking about his and his family’s calling to another country. I mean, Kim, I would cry. really cry. mom and dad had to countlessly reassure me, “honey, we’re not moving to Africa or China.”

    with that being said, I have the utmost respect for those who ARE called and do follow that calling. what a wonderful, life-changing and kingdom-building thing they are doing! I am thankful for them, and think of and pray for them daily. scary or not, it is exciting and awesome what your sister and her family are doing :)

    I so enjoy reading this blog!

    1. Thanks, Allison. I’m so glad you’re reading! I love your blog, too. Your way with words really is incredible. And thanks for empathizing with my fear of the “great Call.” Doesn’t it feel good to know you’re in the middle of His will, even in small-town Ohio? I know Conrad and Vicki experienced that here for 18 years and are now ready for Asia. Maybe I’ll feel that way in year 18, but until then… :-)

  8. This is a great post! Thanks for putting the feelings of “oh no God, don’t you dare call me” into writing. I’d love to see you take the tractor on the plane. That’s awesome!

    Vicki, I’ve never heard Thailand lumped in with the scary places to go like China, Africa, or India. Never. That’s a relief! :) Frankly, I wouldn’t live in Asia either if it wouldn’t be for the “call”.

  9. Reason #5 just cracks me up! I sure wouldn’t want to tell any of the four of them that they couldn’t take that tractor with them…

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