Kail, Lisa. Without Words: The Story of a Mission to the Roma People. Mountain Home: BorderStone Press, LLC, 2012. 88 pp. $7.99. Purchase at Amazon.
Lisa has been married for 28 years to Kevin, her high school sweetheart. They have two daughters and one son-in-law. They attend First Baptist Church in Humboldt, TN where they are supported and nurtured in a way that only a loving church body could. Lisa began a ministry to the Roma in 2001 and has watched as the Lord blossomed her activity in the country through numerous short term mission trips which she leads. In 2010 she was blessed to be able to stay for a full 8 weeks bridging the gap between mission trips and now also serves as a full time volunteer to Roma Ministries as an administrative assistant.
In essence, Without Words, chronicles Lisa’s work to the Roma people in the country of Romania. The Roma people are often called gypsies and are more often negatively stereotyped as being thieves and beggars. Lisa shares how the Lord began to burden her heart for these men and women who were considered as outcast from society yet in dire need of the gospel (as we all are). After all, Paul said it best in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
It is difficult to review a personal work such as Without Words. Ultimately, you are criticizing one’s personal reflections and perspective on what is happening in their own life and the lives of those being ministered to. What you will get in this short but powerful little book is a heart wrenching story of a people in need of the gospel and a heart warming story of the Lord sending workers into the field to bring about a bountiful harvest. Lisa writes with an openness that is needed today. It is abundantly clear to the reader that Lisa is not writing this story in so much as the Lord is writing it through her. The conclusion of each chapter is a “personal challenge” that will open the reader’s eyes to the need of the gospel to go forth as well as our need to be humble and open to the calling the Lord may place on our lives.
While not exactly a book calling us all to missions (though it is that), Without Words is an exhilarating look at what the Lord of the harvest is doing in and through missionaries in a particular part of the world; specifically, Romania. I recommend this short but powerful little book to anyone with a heart for the gospel and a heart to reach a particular people group. I can see this small resource raising awareness of a need and being used of the Lord to draw others into the work that He has begun. What a joy and a privilege to serve our Lord. Lisa makes it very clear that that is all she is doing. Read and enjoy.