A HEART FOR MISSIONS
Since the day I left Guatemala in October of 2017, I knew I wanted to be a part of Missions. I had no idea how much that trip would change my life. Being with the church people in Guatemala made me realize that my relationship with God should be my highest priority. The way the people worshiped and loved God unconditionally was so amazing to me. Even though most of them are not in ideal circumstances, they remained committed to God through all. I feel like God started preparing me for my call to Missions while we were in Guatemala. I didn't even realize it at the time. This experience changed the way I viewed ministry and my life in general. Guatemala opened my eyes and my heart to something new: missions.
In preparing for my next missions trip in July of 2018 to Greece, I wasn't quite sure if I could afford to go. So of course I was worried about how it would happen for me. I talked to God about it: If it’s right for me to go, He would have to provide the money I needed. There were some days I really didn't think I would make it, but God stepped in my situation and He took care of me. He made the impossible happen for me, just a 17-year-old young lady. I know that God has had His hand on me the entire time and I believe He timed everything perfectly. Greece was such an amazing experience, and it reminded me that God will always take care of me when I'm trying to further His kingdom.
Soon after my trip to Greece we had a General Conference in September of 2018, and on Tuesday night we had a Global Missions service. The preaching that night was amazing, but the words that stuck out to me the most were when Bro. Terry Shock said, “God is going to open doors for you in your ministry that you never thought would be opened.” Bro. Shock mentioned this many times throughout his message, but all I could think was, “Is missions really my calling” or ”Could I really live on the Mission field?” We eventually had the altar call and Bro. Shock said, “If you feel a call to missions I want you to come to this altar right now and seek God for direction.” At first I was hesitant to go to the altar, but I eventually went up there with my sister Jasmin. As we were praying together, I started to hear someone praying for me and he said, “God open doors for her that have not been open yet.” Another reminder that God was speaking to me. I had been struggling to be sensitive to God. I felt like He had called me to missions but I wasn't sure. I didn't want to go in the wrong direction. But that night at General Conference God confirmed my calling to missions, and I’m so happy that I allowed God to speak to me, and that I was sensitive to Him.
Missions has had such a big impact on my life. It has taught me that we should we never take for granted the freedom we have to worship God, and it has shown me the direction I want my life to go in. If you haven’t experienced missions for yourself, you need to as soon as possible. Trust me—you won’t regret it. If your looking for direction this is a great way to open your eyes and your heart to something more. You never know what God wants to do through you. There is always a place for you in the kingdom of God. Maybe it will start for you like it did for me… doing missions work.