Just the other day, I was reflecting on the remarkable journey my family have been on over the last couple of years. Two years ago, I was commuting to Intel in Ireland where I was working on cutting edge cryptographic hardware.  I was an Agile Project Manager leading the software team that put the new chips through their paces.  It was an exciting role, where a few days slip could cost the company millions so delivering on time was vital.

IT and Healthcare Project in Uganda

IT and Healthcare Project in Uganda

Here I am today, helping lead the IT department at YWAM Harpenden.   One of my projects involves healthcare and IT in Kampala, Uganda.  We are building local capacity; so people can run their own projects.  The benefits of this run far and wide.

So why did I give up my dream job to work for YWAM?  Some of our friends think I’m crazy.  Let’s be honest, so do I at times.  Some friends admire what we do, but doubt they could do the same.  This being said, I want to encourage you that God is bigger than any of our doubts; He is faithful and He will take care of you.

One day, during a conference, the thought hit me: why can’t I use these skills, and experience gained over the years to build His kingdom?

Karl’s DTS – July 2013

Karl’s DTS – July 2013

A year later I was renewing my commitment at Intel.  I recall praying about how long to continue.  As I prayed, I felt God was saying to quit at Christmas, which was something I didn’t want to hear!  I didn’t like spending so much time away from my family but I loved the job, and relied on the income. It was an enormous challenge to obey.

When it came closer to Christmas, I had one of those nights where I couldn’t sleep, just thinking about what I thought God might be saying.  It reminded me about the story where Jacob wrestled with God overnight.  I had so many doubts:  How would I feed my family?  How would it look on my CV?  But even so, through all our prayers I kept feeling God was leading me to trust him. So at 5:00 AM I got on my knees and said, “OK God, I’ll quit.”

YWAM Harpenden Campus

YWAM Harpenden Campus

The next morning, after just two hours sleep I felt peaceful and well rested.  I realised this had to be from God.  After the weekend I resigned, even with all my doubts, but feeling it was the right thing to do, and that God would be faithful.

Fast forward two years:  Here I am at YWAM.  I am working on some of the most fulfilling projects I have ever worked on.  We have a roof over our heads and food on our table, and can honestly say we lack nothing.  God has been faithful in every way.

If you think you might be hearing God challenging you, test it, then take risks and see that God is good.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! – Psalm 34:8

 

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