Throughout the past few months, the Holy Spirit has been working in my heart to convict me of three things: 1) the comfort and self-centeredness of how I live my own life, 2) my apathy towards the transforming power of the gospel both in my heart and the hearts of others, and 3) the urgency of making Jesus known where his name has not yet been heard. A question that has been heavy in my spirit asks “Does the urgency with which I live my life show the depths of what I truly believe?” As I’ve studied, read, listened, and prayed into that conviction, I have come to the conclusion that up to this point in my life, it has not. And, in the strength of the Spirit, I want that to change. I no longer want the Great Commission to be an optional suggestion reserved for the perceived “super spiritual”, but a command that fuels my obedience and joy in making the gospel known.
Contrary to my preferences and penchant for comfort, I am distinctly feeling called to “go” – potentially long-term overseas to areas with limited access to the gospel. Included in this burden to go instead of stay, amidst unrest overseas and the real needs in the US, are the simple realities that a) there are 2.2 billion individuals and 6,000 people groups who are yet unreached and have limited or no access to the gospel, members of whom are dying daily without ever hearing the name of Jesus or knowing anyone who has, b) I, in the west, am not more worthy of the gospel than anyone else in the world, and c) despite political tension, in no country is it illegal to love people. These truths break my heart, and bring to mind Romans 10:14: “And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?”
The specifics of this call on my life are still vague, and the timing nebulous to me as of right now. I have no idea how or when I will be called to take the step of faith into long-term missions. But I am willing, and the cry of my heart resonates with the prophet Isaiah: “Here am I, Lord, send me” (Isaiah 6:8). However, I am certain that going well involves being well trained, and I am committed to finishing my college degree, if not higher education, and allowing myself to be discipled by healthy sending organizations in preparation. This is where I am asking you to partner with me. Those who go need to be sent, and oh, do I desire to be sent well. Would you consider partnering with me in prayer as I discern what the Lord has for me in the realm of long-term missions? It would be such a powerful blessing if you would stand with me in interceding in the following ways:
- Perseverance and sincere attentiveness in academic pursuits (2 more years of bachelors degree, possible graduate work) and continued commitment to and discipleship opportunities within the leadership roles I already fill
- Humility in being trained and discipled for work in missions, and opportunities to willingly and joyfully share the gospel here and now
- The financial provision to remain completely debt free and eliminate that barrier in going overseas
- Wisdom in discernment, attentiveness to Scripture, and faithfulness in prayer
- For people mature in their faith and passionate about the gospel to walk alongside me and hold me accountable
- That my burden and urgency for the unreached will not grow dim in this season of waiting
Additionally, as I seek to be trained and discern where and to whom God may be directing me, I have the incredible opportunities to be involved in two overseas trips in 2017. One to Israel with my school, Kuyper College, as a study tour in May, and one to Southern Asia in July, with Frontiers Mission Agency, for hands-on short term field training in preparation for long term work. I will be sending out more specific info on both of these, but if you’re interested in getting involved practically or seeing how you can pray specifically for those trips, feel free to contact me!
Thank you, in advance, for your partnership, encouragement, support, and intercession. Your committed investment is the heartbeat of the church in the spreading of the Gospel.