Posted by: macahajo | September 28, 2013


Passion: “Intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction.” Webster’s Dictionary

Last night, I watched Rise of the Guardians, and one scene really captured my attention. Santa Claus pulls Jack Frost aside and asks him what his center is. For Santa, it is the fact that he brings wonder to the world. Jack is at a loss and doesn’t know what his is. He really has no idea who he is, let alone what motivates him.

I wondered for a long time what I was motivated by. I would often wonder what I wanted to do with my life, and what I was passionate about. I didn’t like school. My mom was a Nurse and Respiratory Therapist for premature babies, but I couldn’t stand the sight of blood. My dad repaired cars, but I didn’t like spending time under a hood. My brother is an architect, and my sisters are amazing at art, but I couldn’t draw a straight line! Even after I became a Christian, I didn’t see a clear course for my life.

But over time, I have become passionate about some things that the Lord has convicted me of.

I am passionate about Jesus. I know He is my Savior and Lord and that I am nothing without Him. I am so blessed to be His, and I am reaping the benefits in so many ways in my life. I have a loving wife and family, a roof over my head, and food on the table. I am secure in where I would go when I die, and I know that the best is yet to come. I enjoy this life but look forward to being with Jesus face to face.

I am passionate about my wife and kids knowing and serving Jesus in their lives. I want to encourage and support them as they use their gifts and talents to worship God and bless those around them. I want them to be focused and passionate about fulfilling the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. I want to serve and love them as Christ loves me. And I want them to store up their treasures in Heaven and not where moth and rust destroys. I want Cathy to grow in her relationship with Jesus and do exactly what He is calling her to do. I want Hannah and Josh to live completely for His glory and praise.

I am passionate about youth. Having stepped away from church ministry the last few months, I am struck by how much I miss encouraging and teaching youth how to love and follow Jesus in every area of their lives. I miss partnering with parents in ministering to their sons and daughters. I miss having conversations with teens who are hurting and searching, and pointing them to Jesus. I miss spending time in relationship with youth and helping them to live their lives in a Christlike manner.

This is really why I believe God is calling us to Cameroon. I know God’s heart is for the lost and hurting. I know He wants us to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth to those who have not heard before. Cathy and I have said yes, and no matter how difficult it will be to leave, we are committed not to chase the American dream. We are committed to going where He calls us.

I am going to build relationships with Cameroonian Christian leaders with a heart for youth and children. I am going to encourage them and help them grow as disciples of Christ who will in turn disciple Christian youth. And I will teach them to train up these youth to disciple others.

I am going to develop, empower, and release African Christian leaders in youth and children’s ministry.  



  1. This was awesome, Mark!! Jeff

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