A few months ago, Dr. Richard Kowalske died.
A successful chiropractor from Gainesville, GA, Dr. Kowalske had a dream that required him to sell everything to pursue it. Here’s the story in his own words:
“As I was falling asleep on the night of August 15, 2002, in my mind I was seeing the possibilities of a camp property, and how it could be used so effectively in God’s ministry for the youth of Bolivia, which in time, could affect the whole country of Bolivia.
“How awesome it would be if I could use all the talents and skills God had given me to be a part of that vision?
“During the night, God showed me what I needed to do to become a part of that vision. I dreamed about the rich man described by Matthew in the Bible.
“In my dream, I saw Jesus looking at me. He did not speak, but pointed to me as if asking, ‘Will you give all to follow me?’
“Then, I saw the camp as it could be: dormitories, filled with children from all over Bolivia; sports fields; a modern kitchen; a chapel; nearby missionary housing; and an auditorium for presentation of the evangelistic programs.
“On the morning of August 16, I woke up with a new plan and purpose. I knew my life would never be the same. Before we left Bolivia, we had made the commitment to sell everything and follow Jesus. “Dr. Kowalske went on to build a Helping Hands Foreign Missions to support the ministry he established in Bolivia. They built a permanent camp facility to reach the youth of Bolivia and established a medical outreach to help meet the physical needs of the people.
On a recent mission trip, Dr. Kowalske contracted cerebral malaria. It was too late to do anything about it when he checked into the local hospital.
While we grieve for his family, I can’t help but be inspired by his heroic life and the price that he put on the dream God gave him.
We all need to live like that.
It was an actual dream that awakened the doctor, and he did what so many of are scared to do.
He sacrificed everything
for the sake of a dream.
I have a hunch that he died happy.
Article from Seth Barnes Book Discovering Your Passion