“The problem with promising God you’ll follow Him wherever He leads is that you just might have to go,” says Marcia Moston, author of Call of a Coward – The God of Moses and the Middle-Class Housewife. She and husband Bob had made such a promise to God as a young couple, but that was before they settled into the “security of paychecks and health insurance,” before they had 10-year-old daughter Lily, before they owned a comfortable middle-class home. When Bob comes home from a short-term mission trip and announces that he feels God’s calling for them to oversee a home for widows and orphans in war-torn Guatemala, Marcia’s initial thought is “What, are you crazy?” After a lot of prayer, she agrees to move to an impoverished Mayan village in the highlands of Guatemala, despite the fact that it conflicts with her own dreams, requires credentials she may lack and demands courage she can’t seem to muster.
In their unfamiliar and sometimes chaotic surroundings, the family faces such challenges as banditos, illness, scorpions, polluted water and “demonic” cows. Moston does not gloss over her fears or frustrations, proving that you don’t have to feel equal to a task God has asked of you; that He uses weak vessels to accomplish his purposes. But amidst the struggles, she and her family discover blessings — invaluable friendships, God’s miraculous provision and a heart connection with the Mayans themselves. Written with humor and insight, Call of a Coward is the candid account of a modern-day seeker and a very real God who makes cowards courageous, ordinary lives purposeful and dried-up dreams fruitful.