Have you ever had to wait a really long time for God to open a door that you desperately desired and longed to go through? I know have. WAIT has pretty much been the theme word of my life this past 4 years. This is why I am writing to you today, to tell you about my exciting new open door opportunity.
First I want to give you a short recap of how this process began. As most of you know in fall 2006 I made the decision to answer the call to ministry. Immediately I started looking into organizations and opportunities where I could serve in long term missions only to be met with the same answer, “you need to finish your undergraduate.” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing!! Here I was saying, “here am I God, send me” but He was telling me go back to school? Finally, in August 2007 I begrudgingly returned to school at Liberty University through their online degree program. For the life of me I couldn’t understand why and I was so frustrated. It just didn’t make sense to me however, it made sense to God. The first class I took at Liberty was a basic theology class and it was there God provided the answer I was looking for. “How can you do My work when you haven’t been trained to use your sword properly?” Boy does God know what He is doing. How often I forget that concept.
Through this process I have gained the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding I know I will need about God and people, to use in the mission field. I’m not gonna lie to you though. This has been a tremendously, tiring, tedious, and grueling process. Waiting in a hallway full of closed doors I want to go through with only open doors I don’t want to go through yet at the same time accepting the truth that they are just as important isn’t always an easy thing to accept. Bishop Joseph Garlington once said, “Sure God closes doors to open others but it’s hell in the hallway.” God is never late but He sure misses a few good opportunities to be early. That is because He knows if the answer comes to early we’d miss His greatest act.
As I approach the end of my journey in school, Liberty University has given me permission to use my internship this summer to do something humanitarian. Being that my entire purpose for going back to school was to be a missionary I am thrilled that God would allow me to have this opportunity. I will be serving with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) this summer in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. I will be working in an orphanage helping and loving on children and teens that have been diagnosed with HIV and AIDS as well as working in a community center with programs for children, teens, and families located in the slums of Belo Horizonte. As soon as I heard about the opportunity in the orphanage my heart jumped for joy! What an amazing experience this will be in preparing me for my future!
I look forward to hearing from you during this experience! Please keep in touch!
Hugs and KISSES,