WHAT IS OUR MISSION?
Everyone has a mission. Here at Our Calvary Road we believe that every life has purpose and it's that purpose that motivates us to roll out of bed each morning.
At Our Calvary Road, we are all about Jesus, and our mission is to fulfill His final command on this earth, "The Great Commission." We also refer to it as the Call. We believe that the followers of Christ should be people of action. And it's that action that we believe Matthew was talking about when he said "Go Therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
We believe that God’s instrument to complete this mission is embedded in his Word. And it's that belief that drives us to follow, share and teach His Word.
My name is Raymond Wilson, and although I was born in the Pacific Northwest, I was raised everywhere from Southern California to South Texas to the Las Vegas desert. I’m 44 years old, I’m retired and I live in an RV with my beautiful wife Heather and we travel the country. Our main focus is to simply spread the Word of God. But how I arrived at this point in life is an interesting story.
You see, my stepfather was a long haul truck driver, so we often followed the work, I don’t believe I ever attended the same school for longer than 2 years. It did provide for an adventure, but often blocked the opportunity to grow up with close personal friends. I often wished I would have been one of the many children who grew up in the same town as their parents, living the average, boring life, but in hindsight I don’t think I wouldn’t have given it up for the world, those tough times made me the person I am today. And although I may not be happy with my life choices I am happy with the man that I’ve become.
I’m the youngest of 7 and although we had a large family, I somehow grew up as an only child. With 11 years separating me from my sister and 21 years younger than the oldest, many of my brothers and sister were already grown and out of the house while I was growing up. Unfortunately, cancer took my mother at an early age and I had to grow up fast. 1st my oldest brother tried to raise me, then my sister, but I seemed to find trouble around every corner. After multiple years as a ward of the state of California, I was finally provided the opportunity to serve my county in the United States Navy. The military provided me many opportunity’s, very few of which I took advantage of, I finally retired in 2009 with both, a bachelor’s degree in professional aeronautics and a masters degree in project management.
After 5 years with a Direct TV system operator, we were able to grow from a 3 state regional outfit doing work where we could to a nationwide high volume low voltage company. Unfortunately with growth comes promotion, and as Vice President of Operations, I found myself compromising on many of my moral and ethical decisions, and that’s when I decided to step back and reexamine my life. What type of man had I become? What type of man did I want to be? The loss of my mother and 2 siblings before the age of 14 had made my heart cold. The things I had seen and done, not to mention the friends I had lost while serving in the military, had caused me to become someone I was not proud of. And now, 2 failed marriages later, I had no option but to reexamine my life choices.
And that’s when I met someone, my beautiful and loving wife. You see, we had something in common, we were both broken. And although she taught me many things, the most important was how to prioritize. I always joke and say that she saved my life, but the truth of the matter, is that she did. You see, she lead me to the Lord, (priority number 1) something I believe my mom would have eventually done. Something I believe I was always meant to do. And as they say, “My Eyes Where Opened”. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not some crazy Jesus freak standing on the corner shouting, “we’re all going to hell.” I’m just someone who finally, after 4 decades of life, realized what’s important. At least what’s important to me. So we prepared, and we prepared and we prepared some more. We didn’t jump in blindly. We paid off all our bills, invested, put money aside and set a budget (Well, Heather set a budget, I just followed it) And finally after 5 years, we had sold one house, rented out another, sold everything we owned and bought a truck and a 5th wheel RV.
You see, I realized that although she played a very big part in my life, it was not Heather who saved it, It was the Lord my God. And it was Him who made me and it was Him who used all of those life events to make me the man that I am today. And now I can lay my head on my pillow every night and know that I did all I could that day, that I made my decisions based on what was right, what was morally and ethically and spiritually right. And unfortunately, that’s something that we as mankind find difficult to do. And now we travel the country, work camping where we can, and introducing the Lord to everyone we can, to anyone who will listen. Is it an easy life? No! Is it a rich life? Maybe not in the aspect that your thinking, but I’ll tell you what, for someone who doesn’t have much, in the hand or in the bank, I’m the richest man alive.
My name is Heather Wilson and I was born and raised in Georgia. I’m 40 years old and live in an RV with my wonder husband Ray. We travel the country with the purpose of spreading the Gospel. How I got here is a story of God’s love, mercy and grace.
I am the eldest of my parents’ two children. My brother and I were raised by our father after my mother left when I was ten. At the age of 19 I had my daughter and moved to Germany where I worked for the military at one of their child development centers (that’s a fancy way of saying day care). Four years later I moved back to Georgia. My daughter and I lived there for about a year and then moved to Colorado, then to Virginia and finally back to Georgia where I worked in mainly administrative positions.
Although I had been saved in Colorado it wasn’t until my final move back to Georgia that I started to feel the desire to do something more for the kingdom of God. I have no special training, no fancy degrees or accomplishments to speak of but what I did know was how to cook and clean and serve others. So with this I decided my “retirement” years would be maintaining a bed and breakfast on a missionary route in hopes of helping support mission groups. With this goal I began saving, living on a budget and trying to invest what little I had. And God blessed my efforts.
Then in 2009 I met the man that would become my husband, two years later he was saved, two years later we were married. We often spoke of our future plans together and I shared my dream of a bed and breakfast. However Ray is a bit more extroverted than I am and he proposed we be a bit more proactive. He suggested we get out there and spread the word. So for the next two years we worked to pay off all our debt, sell our homes and most everything else we owned. We then bought a truck and a RV and now we travel the US telling anyone who will listen about what a wonderful God we have.
It’s not an easy life, its not a rich life in the way the world would categorize riches and I’m no Sarah or Mary but I believe that my heavenly father is happy with what we are doing and that is true wealth.