Doc Butler was the first staff person to join Founder, Eric Rochester, at The Sending Project. In the podcast that accompanies this blog, Eric interviews Doc about the fascinating “early days,” and they talk about their experiences of God showing up in amazing ways in answer to their prayers. “Only God” could accomplish the answers for which they prayed.To listen to the Saturate KC podcast interview with Doc Butler, click here.
Missional Prayer is one of the three pillars of Saturate KC. Doc revealed that it was prayer, and a developing passion for mission, that led Doc to leave a six-figure job in the KCMO school system to strike out on the quest of living as a missionary.
Doc candidly shares the statistic that of the 45,000 missionaries that strikeout to serve God in America less than 1% are African American. Without the least bit of shame, Doc explains the truth that mission is for every one of us. As a member of the Palestine Missionary Baptist Church, Doc feels led to model that you can live on a mission every day, and God will provide.
Prayer led Doc to the call to pursue taking the gospel to the nations. While he was growing up, he did not hear that leaving the comfort of home to bring the Good News to the rest of the world was his responsibility. Or if he did hear it, the truth got by him. In prayer, however, Doc felt led to join Jesus as a missionary whether it was local or global. Prayer changed the context for Doc’s life.
Doc remembers reading Psalm 84:11, “No good thing will God withhold from those who work with integrity.” The Spirit of God spoke to him to trust God and step out into the mission. His faith grew as he prayed the promises of scripture. Doc acted on the verse, “Trust God with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5)” when he stepped away from the security of a regular paycheck, but he’s never regretted following Jesus into the adventure of a mission.