Mike Wallace's Call To Preach And Missions
Not long after my salvation, I felt a strong burden for the lost and a desire to do all I could for the gospel's sake. While in the Army stationed overseas in Europe in 1989, I began to see first-hand for the first time, many souls from many places needing the gospel. When we moved from southern Germany to the Denmark border, we no longer had a church to attend. We began to drive on the autobahn for 3 ½ hours one-way at over 110 miles per hour to get to the closest good church. We would leave at 6:00am for the morning service. We would rest in a park in the afternoon and get home just before midnight after the evening service. This was fine with us but God began to show us that the other 200 soldiers and their families from my unit did not have a place to go to church. It was then that God called me to preach.
We began having church in our apartment and saw souls saved and Christians encouraged. Not long after, God reminded me of all the souls that I had seen while traveling in the 12 other European countries. He impressed upon my heart how different they were from me in language and culture, but how exactly they were like I was in the common need of salvation. It was then that God called me to missions.
Upon returning to the states and leaving the military, we helped in church planting. Later we began to minister in rescue missions, nursing homes, at fairs, on the streets, in prisons, and with other evangelistic ministries. I could not, however, escape the call on my life for foreign missions.
I obtained my Master Degree from an independent Baptist Seminary. Not long after this, my wife was diagnosed and treated for a rare and deadly cancer. Soon thereafter, I contracted an unusual infection that hospitalized me and could have been fatal. With these trials behind us, we realized the brevity of life and the need to reach others with the gospel before they die, especially on the foreign field where the need is so great.
While at a missions conference and hearing a missionary from Mexico preach about the need of laborers in Mexico, God gave us an unquenchable burden for the Latin souls of Mexico. We then took two missions trips as a family to Mexico where God smote our heart and confirmed our call to Mexico as missionaries. Late in August 2007 we made a survey mission trip to Mexico City where God confirmed the places around the city where he wants us to begin evangelizing and to start churches.