A Word from Your CBC Team: With this blog post, we officially and publicly welcome David Selvey to the Crossroads Bible College Team. We won’t tell you what David’s role is…but if you read his entire post, you’ll find out directly from David!
My Wagon Ride with Christ
As I sit at my desk at Crossroads Bible College, I am overcome, humbled, and awed at the journey upon which God has carried me. Years ago, a dear brother in Moldova said to me, “We need to see where God’s wagon is going and ask if we can get on board to ride with Him.”
I have to say that riding in God’s wagon is amazing! Over my lifetime, I have often ridden in my own wagon, but I have experienced the most joy when I found God’s wagon and got onboard.
I rode in my wagon all the time for the first sixteen years of my life. God blessed me with a Christian mom and a tolerant father and I accepted Christ as my Savior at sixteen. I was in God’s wagon for a bit, but didn’t know how to stay in it. For a newly saved teenager in the turbulent seventies, the ride was bumpy and I wasn’t sure how to hang on. I don’t mean my salvation. That was secured by Christ. I mean I didn’t know how to stay in God’s wagon. Sometimes, I didn’t even realize I had bounced out of His wagon and was riding in my own or walking down the path of life oblivious to God’s plan.
Yet, God was working His plan. I’m so thankful that I am not powerful enough to ruin His plan for me! As I moved beyond high school, I focused on my wagon. I didn’t even look for God’s wagon. However, that was not a problem for God. He simply twisted the road to take me where He wanted me to go!
I joined the Air Force upon graduation from high school, partly to learn a trade and partly for the educational benefits. God used my Air Force career to provide me with several blessings: a godly wife, more cross-cultural exposure, high tech training, and a college education. While in Spain in the Air Force, I participated in planting a church for the US military stationed at Torrejón Air Base. God also blessed us with two children while we were stationed in Spain. That was when I started looking for what God was doing and where His wagon was going so I could get on board.
Sensing God’s calling to ministry, I attended a Christian University and Seminary, earning a B.A. in Bible and a M.R.E. with an emphasis on adult Christian education. God blessed Kathy and me with two more children and graciously allowed me to serve in many evangelistic and teaching ministries during those years. He also gave me the honor of serving as a pastor for three of those years. God’s wagon then took us to Spain to serve as missionaries.
God gave me the amazing opportunity to serve as the director of the Baptist Bible Institute of Torrejón. During that time He enabled me to develop curriculum for training pastors and church leaders. I had realized my dream, yet all was not well and it took a while for me to realize I was habitually getting out of God’s wagon to take my own excursions.
God Got My Attention
God orchestrated circumstances, as only He can, to get my attention. My children were rebelling and did not respect me; my wife could not stand to be around me; and I was losing the ability to keep it together among my peers. My hypocrisy was slowly being exposed.
I finally admitted I was trying to do everything in my own power. I could not even see God’s wagon, much less get in it! When I confessed and repented of my pride, surrendered to God’s patient prodding, and pleaded for God’s help, He brought His wagon into view once again.
We went to Faith Church in Lafayette, Indiana, for biblical counseling. God was working in our lives and it was clear that His wagon for us was parking in Lafayette. If I wanted to ride in His wagon, I would have to be willing to sit in a wagon that did not appear to be going anywhere. I had prepared academically for ten years to serve in the Bible Institute in Spain. I had spent three years raising support for our family to go to Spain as missionaries. Surely God did not want me to stay in Lafayette and work a secular job. Yet that is where God’s wagon was, and I decided I wanted to ride in His wagon.
I then made the most difficult decision of my life. I resigned from our mission agency and took a job to support my family while we healed, learned, and grew in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Some of the blessings of sitting in that parked wagon include the salvation of our oldest daughter, the healing of our marriage, the healing of my relationship with our children, and a true surrender to God’s plan for my life.
For my first five years at Faith Church, I served as God brought opportunities my way. I wanted His wagon to go down the missionary road, but it didn’t. It took every bit of that five years for me to get to the place where I could consistently, confidently, and joyfully say, “God, I fully surrender to your will for me, whether it includes missions or not, even if it means staying in Lafayette for the rest of my life.” Then I heard the wheels on God’s wagon creaking. It was moving forward once again and I was in it!
God led me to start a contracting business so I could manage my own schedule to attend my children’s extra-curricular events and serve in ministry. God allowed me to work with the church missions committee and then to lead the missions ministry of Faith Baptist Church. God allowed me to influence the advance of the missions ministry and its awareness among our congregation.
During my years there, God used me to start the International Partnerships ministry, which includes partnerships with established churches in other countries, the goal of which is to strengthen those churches. That ministry has grown to include countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. God also invited me to lead the establishment and development of Faith Global Missions as an evangelical mission agency.
God’s Wagon Ride to Crossroads
In July 2016, I accepted the invitation of Dr. Charles Ware to join the team at Crossroads Bible College as the Director of Institutional Advancement. I love the multicultural environment of the school and look forward to helping it advance in training urban ministry leaders and biblical counselors.