Missions. It’s a word that we as Christians hear quite often; whether it be through our church’s updates on the missionaries we support, through our social circles, or through the monthly emails/newsletters we get from people we might financially support and pray with. Missions is not usually a foreign concept to Christ followers, and missions is not something we as genuine Christ followers can (or should) easily overlook either. Dare I say that missions (without actually crossing over into legalistic works based religion) is actually at the heart of being a Christian?
To be completely honest, I didn’t always have a heart for missions the way I do now. Sure, I wholeheartedly believed in the work of missions, prayed for and supported missionaries in various ways, and volunteered locally to do help out those in need. But isn’t that just what Christians did? Isn’t that just what’s expected of us as Christ followers? Well…. no it’s not. Not really.
Missions is not about doing what God expects of us. It’s not about checking off something on our to-do list for being a good little Christian. Missions is a whole lot more than just going through the motions of serving! In fact if your heart isn’t in it, then I believe it’s something that is far from what Christ calls us to do.
I didn’t always see it this way though. I saw missions as a way to fulfill your duty to the Lord and then He would be pleased with you. I saw missions, especially overseas missions, as a radical way of answering the call to serve God. A call that was just not for me.
Or so I thought.
The call to go to Haiti this past June came months in advance. I had just received a copy of Kisses From Katie (a book I HIGHLY recommend) from my mother for Christmas. To say that this book completely rocked my world would be an understatement. It rocked my world and then some! I devoured the pages of this book as I read about a young missionary not just going through the motions of serving, but wholeheartedly serving with one goal in mind: love. It moved me to to the point that I knew, without a doubt, that God was calling me to do a missions trip. I wanted what Katie had in Uganda. I wanted to surrender myself completely to God and love others somewhere overseas as I served with heart abandoned.
I made up my mind, tucked this goal of mine away, and guessed that within the next three years or so, I would do just that…
Or so I thought.
Little did I realize that God was calling me to go, serve, and answer the call right now.
Little did I realize that the call would come less than a month after finishing the book Kisses from Katie, to travel to a country I’d only heard about in the news.
Little did I realize that God was going to use this trip to stretch my boundaries, expand my vision and test my muscles of faith, obedience and love.
Join me next time as I continue to write about my grace filled journey to Haiti and back!!