Jacob has always been a diligent person. I don’t think that I have ever seen him pursue something as persistent and as readily as when he began working on his mission paperwork. He was hitting up my dad to get the medical work done and the dental cleanings needed. Yet, opposition was not short coming to the family and we could all sense the Adversary trying to bear down on his goal and dissuade or at least postpone this wonderful thing from happening. You see, my family is in the middle of a job change and in the middle of moving across the country out of the house that we have all grown up in. We all grew up in a small house in Nebraska. Now, my parents were in the process of purchasing a house in Cache Valley, UT. So although we all wanted nothing more than to get Jacob out on is mission, at the same time, timing everything just right was incredibly stressful and difficult.
Yet through it all, Jacob persevered and after many months of wisdom teeth extractions and immunizations and after moving my mother and sister halfway across the nation, the papers were finally in and Jacob sat impatiently awaiting the call. He was actually in Utah helping to close and move into the new house when the call was due to arrive in the mail. And to top it all off, our great Aunt Louise passed away and my Dad and Jacob had to head to Missouri for the funeral; this also postponed him receiving and opening the call.
But, day finally came and his call was in and boy was it worth it! My brother wanted-for the longest time-to serve in an Asian country; most preferably Japan. He took some Japanese in highschool and loves everything Japanese-anime, clothing, food, language, culture. It was his dream to travel there. We all had our guesses as to where he might go. I guessed Africa or Florida Orlando USA (lol), but never in our wildest dreams would we have guessed where the Lord saw fit to send him. When he opened it and read the call, I thought he was joking and I asked him to read it again, because we had talked for so long about how cool it would be. Yet, in the end, shrugging it off, knowing that it was just a pipe dream and that the Lord would need him elsewhere….
“Dear Elder Gishwiller, you are hereby called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are called to labor in the Japan, Kobe Mission…”
Absolutely Amazing! The Lord most definitely blesses those who faithful and I feel that this is a blessing that my brother deserves wholeheartedly. He will be such a great missionary. People in Japan better watch out. They won’t know what hit them.