Joshua Hughes-FNW Alumnus
Joshua Hughes, MAT 2012
I have felt the call to foreign missions since sometime in 2003. That year I moved to Seattle and investigated
what service abroad might look like. After sitting down with a
missions counselor from a local organization I realized a very simple
truth: I was entirely unprepared to be a missionary. At that
time I had only the roughest and most basic outline in mind of the Christian
faith. Although I might have been able to lend a hand in the
field, I wouldn’t have been the kind of resource for ministry that I wanted
to be. I decided to put missions on the shelf.
Over the next few years I pursued a deeper
knowledge of our faith. I became a member of All Saints Church and
participated in Christian groups and book studies. I found that I
was always asking the same three people my deepest questions about our
God; two of those three were Fuller Northwest graduates. I
enrolled at Fuller in the Fall of 2009 in the hopes that I might one day
be a resource for others; that I could walk beside others in the
same way that my mentors had walked beside me. In April of
2012, I began living an answer to my call to missions.
The classes I took while earning my MAT at
Fuller were excellent preparation for my service in Eastern Europe.
It should have been no surprise that even some of my electives turned
out to be extremely useful. I had taken a course on preaching
and sermon preparation and God honored those efforts in the field.
When my Albanian pastor asked me to fill in for him while his wife was in the
hospital, I had the tools to perform, and it was a time of great
blessing. Fuller’s multi-denominational approach to theological
studies gave me a grounding in the many facets of our Faith; a greater
appreciation for how the Body is able to express its answer to
God’s salvific call.
Follow Joshua Hughes on his blog: www.albaniacalling.com to see
and hear more about what God is doing in his life.