We interviewed volunteer International Training Specialists, Bill and Nancy Paltzer, about their experiences serving with LIFE International for more than four years!
Why do you give your time to volunteering with LIFE International?
We volunteer with LIFE International because this ongoing ministry reaches out with life-affirming, Gospel-based help. It also gives us the opportunity to use the specific ministry experience God has given us here, close to home, to further His work throughout the world.
How does LIFE International prepare you for ministry?
Their International Training Specialist (ITS) training and our experiences on teams has been helpful. The cross-cultural training has taught us to be flexible and ready to encounter people who may be very different than what we are used to. This is valuable not only as we travel, but as we encounter those in our home town who come from different backgrounds and have different beliefs. Learning to evaluate our own attitudes towards others and replacing them with Christ’s love opens doors rather that building barriers.
What did you learn on your recent trip to Nepal with LIFE International?
Before the trip, we were concerned about communication and unity on the team since we were coming from four different countries, and three continents. But the Lord does great things in His people. We were inspired and humbled by our teammates and the participants in Nepal. They do truly amazing work in their home countries. We had diverse backgrounds, temperaments, and gifts which God wove together into a cohesive, productive team. It was a privilege to work with these Christian brothers and sisters from other parts of the world.
What would you say to someone considering volunteering?
If you are feeling God’s leading, please take the training. It will prepare you and give you a better idea of the needs and your role. When you volunteer, you will need to be praying and have others praying for you. This is vital.
But at some point you just have to take a leap of faith because you know this is what the Lord is asking of you.