The call

Many people will ask, “How, exactly, did you know God called you to do this?” perumapThat’s a lot like the questions I’ve gotten over the years about sermon preparation – “How do you know what God wants you to preach?”

Great questions. The problem with them, of course, is that they’re far easier to ask than to answer. It’s also far easier to know the answer than it is to put it into words. But I’ll try.

With sermon preparation, I have always looked for the new insight, the place where God is speaking to me through scripture, as my guide for leading others in my preaching. Where He leads me, I try to lead others.

P1000611This call to missions was something new for me. I had felt for several months that God was nudging me out of the church I had pastored for 20 years. He didn’t give me a new church, or a new ministry, or really any direction. All I knew, as my wife and I prayed and talked and struggled with this, was that it was time to move on.

Before I resigned the church, there were just a few things to finish up. The last of these was a youth mission trip that had been postponed for almost a year. And so, off we went; fifteen of us to the Torre Fuerte girls’ home in Arequipa, Peru.

The name, Torre Fuerte, means “Strong Tower”, and comes from the Bible:SUNP0137
Prov 18:10
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

The place is built to reflect its name and its purpose. It looks like a castle, and is a place of refuge for thirty-some girls who have been abused, beaten, abandoned, and shattered.  We went to help with a construction project, but found lots of time to get to know these children. Their stories are many and varied, but most would bring you to tears. Many of these kids have been betrayed by the very adults that should have protected them. They need love, guidance, and spiritual healing.

It was here, sitting among these children, that I began to sense that God was calling me to that place.  Not only was there a sense of “I ought to”, but also an unexpected “I want to”. It’s as if God was saying, “You’ll do it, and you’ll like it”. Hmmm:
Psa 37:4
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.

So, as I write this, we are planning, if you can call it that, the big move. Selling the house, and almost everything in it. Learning the language. Bracing ourselves for the new adventure. Pray for us when you think of it, will you?

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maria Antonieta
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 13:54:51

    I am proud of you and admire you
    giving up so much and giving so much in return
    Thankyou for caring for my city and country thankyou for caring for the girls.
    It could be fun and helpful to nurture/cultivate talents and skills on the girls as they grow to help them with their financial future that is reality down there,at the same time they do their healing.
    GOD BLESS
    Iwill find a way to help too

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  2. Scott Hargrove
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 16:24:07

    Thank you for your kind words. My family is now living in Arequipa, and serving at the Casa Hogar Torre Fuerte. It is our hope and prayer that we can begin to cultivate programs to help prepare the girls for their future, so that their stories are not repeated in the next generation.
    We hope to help them train them in: cooking, sewing, computer skills, small business, and English. We are very open to other ideas that may help them, as well.
    Please help us by spreading the word about our ministry here, and helping us to find more supporters. That kind of help will be an incredible blessing to the girls here.
    Dios le bendiga mucho

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  3. hans carlsen
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 06:22:59

    good morning Scott & family. I think of you often. I especialy miss the one on one councel. Kim & I attend assembley of god & a nazz in Toledo, Its just different in the city. Love your brother & sister in CHRIST

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    • Scott Hargrove
      Apr 16, 2013 @ 12:41:51

      Hans! It’s so good to hear from you. I didn’t know you were back in Ohio. At least you found the holy city there, huh? Life is definitely different in the city. I’m not sure how big Toledo is, but Arequipa is a city of a million people. A lot bigger than Chelan, that’s for sure. I hope you’re doing well, my brother. Come on down and we’ll have another cup of coffee together.

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