The story of Burning Plow Ministries (BPM) begins with the call of Elisha as told in 1 Kings 19:19-20. Don had been teaching a series about the lives and ministries of Elijah and Elisha. He had just completed the lesson on the call of Elisha when he encountered a missionary friend from Romania who had just arrived in Rockwall.
Prior to this time, Don and Becky had strongly felt a calling from God to get more involved with mission work and they had already made plans to travel to Kenya for a period of 3 months to further explore this call on their lives.The missionary from Romania told Don that he had been praying for him the day before and God had given him a message that he did not understand. The message he gave was to “kill the cow and burn the plow.” Don knew immediately that this was a message from God confirming what they were already feeling about leaving home and family to go to a foreign mission field.
This message, however, took Don and Becky a step further. Elisha, did not just follow Elijah when he was called. He severed ties. He sacrificed the oxen and burned the plowing equipment as if to say “I am making a life changing commitment and there is no turning back”. Now, it seemed as if God was telling them to severe ties in Rockwall sufficiently as to make plans to become missionaries for much more than 3 months.
Less than 3 months later a young man from India, whom they had been supporting during his studies at Dallas Baptist University, was graduating. His brother and father came from India to attend. They brought Don a gift which shocked everyone as it was taken out of the bag. It was a figure of a man plowing behind 2 oxen. They said that the Holy Spirit had urged them to deliver the message that the man represented Elisha and Don and that the oxen represented Kenya and India.
Soon after their arrival in Kenya, "Burning Plow Ministries" was born. God has called. They have responded. Borrowing from Isaiah they each said “Here am I, send me.” Then, like Elisha, disposed of their cattle, left family and home and moved to Africa.