Karen Watson, ” No Regrets””
Karen Watson entered a war zone because she loved Jesus. She knew the risks.
News reports in early 2004 were riddled with American casualties in recently liberated Iraq. Car bombs blew in convoy trucks. Suicide bombers targeted civilians. Ambushes occurred weekly. “
A scripture was on Karen’s heart, and she heard a voice from within,” Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, ” Whom shall I send, and whom will go for us?”Her answer echoed the words of Isaiah’s, ” Then I said, ” Here I am, send me.” ( Isa. 6:8)
Imagine being in a war like she was, imagine waking up each day knowing that anything could happen.
One hour she could be talking to a friend, the next hour that same friend could have lost his/her life.
One moment she could see a blue sky, the next nothing but black.
Karen found Christ as a teenager, after having years of grief from losing several relatives;her dad, grandmother, and her fiance’ died in a two-year period.
The pain of that past brought her close to Jesus.
She knew early on after that she wanted to be a missionary for Christ; and would take the toughest climates.
She was accepted by IMB( International Mission Board), and was sent to Jordan for refugee relief. After they didn’t show up, she was then sent to Iraq.
Everyday while she was there, some act of violence happened.
Bomb after bomb, shooting after shooting.She would call her family everyday to let them know she was okay.
One day, they didn’t hear from her.
March 15, 2004, Karen lost her life while driving in a car that was overcome with automatic weapons and grenades.
She died instantly.
After she died, her pastor, Phil Neighbors opened a letter she had written him, advising him not to open it unless she died.It was a letter I am sure wasn’t all that easy to open and read.
” Dear Pastor Phil, and Pastor Roger,
You should only be reading this letter in the event of my death.
When God calls there are no regrets.
I tried to share my heart with you, my heart for the nations.
I wasn’t called to a place. I was called to Him.
To obey was my objective, to suffer was expected, His glory was my reward, His glory is my reward.
One of the most important things to remember right now is to preserve the work. I am writing this as if I am working,(in the mission field)
I thank you all so much for your prayers and support. Surely, your reward in heaven will be great. Thank you for investing in my life and spiritual well-being. Keep sending missionaries and keep raising fine pastors.
In regards, to any service, keep it small and simple. Yes, simple,
Just preach the gospel, If Jason Buss is available or his dad, have them sing a pretty song.
Be bold an preach the life serving, life changing, forever eternal GOSPEL.
Give glory and honor to our Father.
I once read in ” Missionary Heart. “
Care more than some think is wise.
Risk more than some think is safe.
Dream more than some think is practical.
Expect more than some think is possible.
I was called not to comfort or success, but obedience.
There is no joy outside of knowing Jesus and serving Him.
I love you two, and my church family,
In His care,
Karen spent her life being a dedicated follower for Jesus, she knew what it meant to step out of her comfort zone, and lead a life that was not her own.
I can’t imagine what she thought when the bullet pierced her body, knowing she was being pierced, just like Jesus.
Though a host encamp against me,
my heart will not fear
though a war rise against me
in spite of this, i shall be confident
One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life
To behold the beauty of the Lord, and meditate in His temple.
Here you will have a chance to answer some questions that ask about your own heart as a servant for Jesus. The questions will change each week.
If you feel there are some too personal for the site, then answer the ones that you can.
Be Blessed:) You are doing great!
1. After reading Karen’s story, do you feel like you need to change the way you serve God’s people? Why or why not? How will you take those steps?
2. Share about a person you know with a true Servant heart?
3. What would your letter be if you knew you may not make it back to your loved ones? What would you say about being a Christian? How you feel you’ve lived your life?
4. Pray about the war zones that go on in your world daily, ask the Holy Spirit to intercede in a situation that is holding you down.
5. When was the last time you were asked out of your comfort zone?