Ross grew up in southeastern Georgia, and we met while I was in college at Valdosta State. Ross was a welder when I met him, and he is a missionary now. It’s eye-opening for me to look back at his life to see where he was, where is now, and how much he’s impacted me.
When Ross and I met, neither one of us were reformed, neither one of us really knew our Bibles well, and neither one of us were very mature, haha! Through the years, because of the influence of all the previous men in this blog series (and one very loved Calvinistic Japanese man (David Hayashi), Ross and I have become a lot more mature, more knowledgeable of the Scriptures, and very reformed.
Ross has been there for me at my best times and at my worst times. He’s been the friend who’s remained when all others seemed to leave. There is a lot to speak of when I think of how Ross’s friendship has shaped me and made me who I am today – but I think it all boils down to one thing – Jesus is better, and because of this he is moving his family to Bogota, Colombia to be a missionary.
Ross once said:
“As believers, we have been called. Called to shine the light of Christ to a dark and lost world. Christ has commanded us to do so in the Matthew 28. Hudson Taylor, the great 19th century missionary to China, put it this way: “The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.” As followers of Christ we must not and cannot look at this call and say that it is not for us. We cannot say, “Well God just hasn’t called me to be a missionary.” Wrong, he has called you, from the time he adopted you as his own. You have seen the light and now you must show the light to others that are lost in darkness….God has called us all to be a part missions, locally and globally. He may not have called you to go personally, but He has called you to be personally involved. Please take the and consider how God has called you to be a part of the ministry in Bogotá, Colombia. My challenge to you is this: How will you give?”
Ross has shown me throughout our years of friendship what it means and what it looks like to follow Jesus. As a disciple, as a friend, as a husband, and as a father. His life is challenging in and of itself, and when you add that to his words, it becomes a real example of how one lives the Christian life. God has not merely called Ross to live like this, He has called all of us who claim the name of Christ to live like this. Willing to give it all up, because Jesus is better than everything.
Praise God for Ross, and for how God has used him in my life, I am eternally grateful.
(Ross and his wife Ange are currently raising funds to move to Bogota, please visit their website and give – you’ll be glad you did)