My first overseas missions trip was to Ukraine, in 2003 or 2004. I’ll never forget the loving, grateful people we met at a small church in Kiev or the lonely orphans living in abject poverty who longed for our love and attention.
Many years went by before God called me again to go on mission to Spain. Friends in my small group knew the White family, and we prayed for them throughout the seven years they were in Spain. Reading Michelle’s regular updates from the mission field helped expand my vision of missions.
So, it was a natural, Spirit-led calling for me to go to Spain in 2017 and again in 2018. God was at work in my heart, showing me the desperate need for the Gospel among people like me whose cultural background was Catholic. In my own way, I could understand how people turning their back on faith resulted in much darkness across Spain.
Around this same time, I studied the book of Revelation, Spiritual Gifts, and the book of Acts with the Chapel’s Precepts Bible study. The fire lit in me by Revelation exploded into a realization of God’s gifts to me and his call to the Great Commission. Wow! How I had missed that all these years? God got my attention and put me on a path to wake up, pray, and reach the lost.
Then, last year, I picked up the book Radical by David Platt. Through his inspiration, God impressed on me that people have needs right here in our community. So, I started to volunteer at Grove Christian Outreach Center, all the while asking God for direction. I sensed there was more to do.
He answered that prayerful intercession in the most unexpected way through a conversation with my friend Mary Morrison. Mary mentioned a ministry in Northern Virginia that delivered donations of furniture, mattresses, TVs, and large appliances to the needy. God put us together! After almost a year of planning, we partnered with Grove and began God’s Moving / One-to-One this last August.
It has been exciting to watch God work through us. Grove had a need; God divinely brought us together and appointed us to fill that need.
We are blessed to serve, and to love, for no other reason than Jesus compels us. Whether we are in Spain or in Williamsburg, there is rich soil upon which we can plant seeds and pray for the harvest. No matter where we are, we can do God’s work, using our willing hands and feet to reach out into the darkness and shine His Light – just as we are commanded.
It is glorious in an understated and humbling way to work with God. When we wait on the Lord, His plan is always best, and His timing is always perfect.
“You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
2 Peter 2:9