If there is one thing I have seen in the past few months it is the incredible power of God. Growing up in the church, I constantly heard “my God is so great, so strong and so mighty, there’s nothing my God cannot do.” But, to be honest with you, I don’t think I had ever really come to grips with this reality until recently.
I’ve mentioned this before, but the support raising process, as a single woman pursuing full-time missionary work, is not an easy task. It is rather simple, in that all I am called to do is share my heart and allow God to do the work; but it is in no way easy. Relying on the Lord to provide conversations, appointments, presentations, and monthly partners has proven to be one of the most faith stretching times in my life thus far. At the same time, these past 10 months have been some of the sweetest times drawing closer to my Heavenly Father day by day. He has made this process even more of a blessing by choosing to let me see His hand at work in some very practical ways.
From my quick missionary appointment, to my first supporter, to the first big trip to Kansas speaking 7 times, to His miraculous provision in Uganda, to His bringing in faithful team members, and now to open all the doors at Grace Bible Church, God’s great POWER and GRACE have been so clearly evident in my life. Never in a million years would I have imagined the things He has done and the ways He has cared for me so sweetly and tenderly. His lovingkindness and mighty hand have carried me and sheltered me consistently, even when I have faltered in my trust of Him. I have seen Him work solely through prayer, petition and a pursuit of His Word. I have seen Him fling doors so wide open that He seems to kick me through them. I have watched Him faithfully guide, direct, and plan out my steps completely and totally without any decision or will of my own. I have seen His great power at work in a myriad of ways.
Now, the Lord has brought me to a kind of change of course that a year ago would have terrified me, but now only encourages me in my trust of Him.
Grace Bible Church in Hutchinson, Kansas (the church I visited in September, served in Uganda with, and spent the month of November in) has invited me to come and serve alongside them in these final months of raising support. THE LORD HAS PROVIDED a temporary teacher’s aid job for me at an elementary school, a place to live with some precious folks from the church, a group of young people to pour into, a church body to encourage and grow alongside, specific needs within the church to serve in and fill, my sweet sister and her husband’s family (including my adorable nephew), a solid CORE of friends who push me to love my Savior, and a group of pastors who desire to disciple me and help me prepare my heart for full-time missionary life.
So, on January 7, 2018 I will be moving to Kansas to spend the rest of my support raising time until and if the Lord brings my calling to TWR MOTION to full fruition. My plan right now is to stay in Hutch at GBC until that final mark is hit and my parents are freed up to help with the cross-country move. Then, I will come back to California for a week of goodbyes and a final commissioning from Grace Community Church before the official move to North Carolina. Although, if I’ve truly learned anything over the last few months, it’s that His ways are far higher than my ways and He could have a completely different will for my life this coming year.
You may be asking now, “why did she title her blog post ‘Who Would Have Dreamed'”? Well, I stumbled across a new Christmas hymn this year by Sovereign Grace Music that has become an all-time favorite very quickly. It speaks of the impossibility of man’s ability to plan or figure out God’s will, particularly in regards to the way He chose to provide salvation for mankind through a humble baby born of a virgin in Bethlehem. BUT. When I look back over these past few weeks I can’t help but say, “who would have dreamed” that I would have been chosen before the foundation of the world to be a disciple of Christ, now be pursuing full-time missionary work, already have a faithful team of monthly supporters, and be moving to Kansas to develop a second sending church? NO ONE but our God could have dreamed that up and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
On a starlit hillside, shepherds watched their sheep
Slowly, David’s city drifted off to sleep
But to this little town of no great renown
The Lord had a promise to keep
Prophets had foretold it, a mighty King would come
Long awaited Ruler, God’s Anointed One
But the Sovereign of all looked helpless and small
As God gave the world His own Son
And who would have dreamed or ever foreseen
That we could hold God in our hands?
The Giver of Life is born in the night
Revealing God’s glorious plan
To save the world
Wondrous gift of heaven: the Father sends the Son
Planned from time eternal, moved by holy love
He will carry our curse and death He’ll reverse
So we can be daughters and sons
Time for another little jaw drop…the Lord has brought my monthly support to 70%!! I am completely floored by His continual grace and kindness in this support raising process. Thank you to each and every person who has sacrificed to join with me in the spread of the Gospel to the most unreached! Please continue to pray for the final group of supporters making up that remaining 30% in His perfect timing.
I am now shooting to start in late Spring or early Summer of 2018 and must be at 100% in order to begin work with TWR MOTION.
*** Merry Merry CHRISTmas!! ***
Attached is a link to a video I put together explaining what I’ve been up to these past few weeks, how you can be in prayer, and in hopes that I will be able to connect with you to pray for and encourage you in any way I can! My prayer is that you would be encouraged by God’s work in putting the gospel on display!
always for the Master,