by Andrew Palau
One of the most memorable, clarifying moments of my life was a barely perceptible whisper, and it changed the entire course of my future.
I was in a cabin in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, a beautiful place just outside of Kingston. Yet, rather than enjoying the scenery, I’d spent the past three hours face down on the floor, watching all of the horrifying, unrepentant sin of my 27 years of life appear before my eyes.
I prayed, wept, and pleaded with God to forgive me and free me from the captivity that sin held on my life.
And in that moment, He did.
Without understanding what the implications would be, I whispered to Him in gratitude:
“I will tell everyone what you have done.”
I didn’t understand it then, but that was my first step of faith as an evangelist—which, at the time, was the last thing in the world I ever thought I would be. It wasn’t too many years later that I found myself speaking at evangelistic festivals alongside my dad, Luis Palau.
At first, the doors that opened for me were self-evident, obvious choices: The Caribbean, where my wife grew up. Latin America, where I was born and where my dad began his ministry. The United States, where my passion to see life change was at its deepest and most personal. Places where I was comfortable, familiar, and safe.
After a few years in this role, my mentor, Tim Robnett, presented me with a challenge: to begin praying specifically and intentionally about which particular countries and regions around the world I could take the gospel to, and especially to be open to places that would require me to rely more heavily on Jesus than ever before. He challenged me to ask God for a clear sense of the places that would be His priority. To be honest, I wasn’t in love with the challenge. I didn’t want to be limited to specific places, and I was pretty comfortable in my normal routine.
However, my wife and I responded to this wise counsel and began praying for God’s guidance and openness to where He might call us.
Clearer than most any other time in my life, the Lord impressed an idea upon me: “Africa is the place to put at the highest level.” Furthermore, he put this idea distinctly in my mind – 10 capital cities. 10 years.
In the book of Jeremiah, God says, “Call to me and I will tell you great and unsearchable things you do not yet know.” Africa was certainly unknown to me—it was one of the few places where our ministry had sown very little seed and had few connections.
Listen as He tells you unsearchable things, and watch as He uses you in unbelievable ways.
Andrew Palau (@andrew_palau) is an evangelist with the Luis Palau Association. He has shared the gospel with millions of people, and at every opportunity he demonstrates his father’s same passion and love for Christ and for evangelism.