I’ve grown up with a developing heart for missions. Through the years of school Mom read my sisters and I, or on our own we would read the compelling stories of missionaries such as David Livingston, Cameron Townsend, Gladys Aylward, Betty Green, Amy Carmichael, Elisabeth and Jim Elliot, Keith Green, Brother Andrew and many others. We studied the 10/40 Window and read about the ancient cultures of the Incas, Aztecs and Mayans and how in some of their communities they came to believe in the One, True God because they had eternity written in their hearts. My heart strings have been especially tugged by the story of Floyd and Sally McClung in Living on the Devil’s Doorstep and David Wilkerson’s story in The Cross and the Switchblade.
Each of the stories we read inspired me and made me realize that somehow I one day wanted to help in the efforts of people like this to bring God glory and share the good news of his saving grace to the world. I need to develop my oral communication skills so I can go out and speak to anyone on the streets in a captivating and powerful way about Jesus but I also want to use the gifts God has given me in some way. I enjoy writing, photography, English studies, teaching and storytelling. Can I use these areas of interest to further God’s kingdom? Yes, I can, but how will it be?
Youth with a Mission organization has been on my heart for the past several months. I am continually meeting people who have taken discipleship classes and done other missions work through YWAM. With a beaming smile on their face they each excitedly tell me about their time and experience spent serving God in that way. Is God leading me to do the same? Where? When? How? I could learn a lot through something like this but I could also learn on my own as I’m practicing the helpful skills for ministry day to day through evangelizing and helping people in need. What better education than experience?
I want to live a surrendered life with purpose by bringing hope to the hopeless. I want to do what I enjoy and develop my talents but for God’s glory, not my own. I have so many opportunities and ideas of what to do and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed.
Jesus, here I am! Send me. Please show me where you want me to go and please keep my heart humble so I do these things for you, not for me.