The day I realized that the world went beyond my fingertips...
Beyond my family...
Beyond school and catchy camp songs...
That's a day I'll never forget.
I sat in an old chapel, surrounded by other girls just like me - campers, enjoying a week away from parents in the great outdoors, singing songs and braiding hair - oh, the life of a 3rd grader.
But all the sudden, I changed. As a woman shared with us about her life as a Missionary, I was suddenly alone, just me and God. I don't remember the details of what she said, but I knew then what I was supposed to do.
I was going to be a missionary when I grew up.
I had never before heard of a missionary. I was amazed at the stories I was told in that little chapel of people living around the world, some in dangerous places, just to tell others about Jesus.
This would be my future.
The first thing I did when I got home was tell my parents what I had decided. I'm sure, as any parent of a 3rd grader would, mine thought this was very cute. But the desire never left me.
All throughout school, when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would always answer with
"a mom and a missionary."
In fact, as graduation drew near, my desired "profession" loomed over me as I tried to figure out the next step. My parents encouraged me to get a college degree, and since I had no idea how to become a missionary anyways, I signed up for a journalism degree. My plan, you see, was to use journalism to somehow get into the mission field.
Oh my plans. How funny.
God had a different plan, but I was so happy He did. After 2 years at college, I found out about a college who was starting a Mission Program! So, to The Baptist College of Florida I went...
[I now realize that being a missionary is something we are all instructed to do as Christians. I think it is so important to teach young people about missions. Don't let it be something they think some stranger does in some far away land! It's not a calling. It's a command. For us all. Acts 1:8 says that "you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere -- in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."]
To Be Continued...