A letter from Meagan & Joe Frye
The number one question we have been asked is, "How did God call you to go?" To answer this question, you need some background information on Joe and me.
Joe was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and was in an orphanage until he was 22 months old, when he was adopted. His parents saw importance in educating and helping Joe embrace his culture from a young age. In college, he majored in Spanish and spent a summer in Costa Rica furthering his love for the language and culture. While there, he made a week trip to his orphanage in San Salvador. This trip changed him, and he felt he needed to go back to give back in some way. As he matured in his faith he knew that it wasn't just a calling to go back, it was a calling to missions. So as soon as he could sign up to go to Guatemala with our church, he did.
My story is a little different. I grew up in LaGrange Georgia, with all of my family living within a 10 minute driving distance. Going to another country where things are so different, away from my comforts, was not my idea of a good time. When Joe felt called to go on the first trip, I was excited for him but unsure if I should leave our two boys for a week and go with him. After praying about going and struggling for about a week, I knew I needed to go with him.
I will never forget riding on an old Fort Valley school bus on the way to San Juan Moca, Joe asked me if I could see us ever living in a place like this. My immediate answer was, "No, absolutely not!" Joe spent a lot of time that week talking to Garry Eudy, former IMB missionary in Central America and director of E3 Volunteers in Guatemala, about coming to Guatemala for full-time missions. By the end of the week, God was softening my heart and changing my plans.
This year when it was time to sign up for the spring break Guatemala trip, we might have been the first on the list. It was so amazing to be back. It was different, we were different. We came home and began praying about going full-time. After praying, we listed our house and put it in God's hands. My prayer was that if he would have us go specifically to Guatemala, our house would sell. The week after pictures of the house were posted, we had an offer. This was such a clear answer for us. The year before we tried to sell our house and it wouldn't sell, at a lower price, and this time it sold in a week!
After it sold, we had a yard sale and sold almost all of our belongings. This was such a surreal time. It all had to happen so fast, there was not time to be sad or unsure. Our family and friends during this time were amazing and helped us more than we could have imagined. But it was God who carried us to complete this task. He has continued to lead our steps and we are so excited and humbled to be on this journey He has decided for us.
Jesus said in John 15:16-17, "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask in my name he may give to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another."
Serving in Guatemala is not something we decided for ourselves, but we know that God called us and will equip us as He sees necessary. We pray that nothing we say or do would be to glorify ourselves but God, who has called us to this mission.