Preparation for Ministry
Have you every felt that everything that has ever happened to you was leading up to something? I have heard a similar story over and over. "All these little things that seemed like nothing on their own gave me all the skills and experiences I would need for the next thing."
I was in Kenya for a semester completing my student teaching at Rift Valley Academy. And goodness, I learned so much!
While I was there, I kept a blog and I went back to read it today. I'd like to share a portion of it here, because it shows a bit of where I come from.
January 9, 2011 - Lord, Prepare Me
My Grammy pointed something out to my mom, who relayed it to me. I have been thinking about what she said and have seen how true it really is. I want to share it because it is such a testament to God’s grace and faithfulness and plan.
What Grammy said is that my whole life seems to have prepared me for my time in Africa.
Living in England prepared me for this. I learned that it’s not scary to live in a different country. It’s just different.
Traveling during our time in England prepared me for this. I feel like I spent a lot of my growing up years in an airport. I’m comfortable there.
Going to Croatia with my family prepared me for this. Not only did it open up my eyes to missions, but I also saw what God can do in even the worst of circumstances. I knew that I wanted to be a part of God’s work in other countries.
My family (& Jack!) prepared me for this. They have given me an incredibly loving support system and have truly made me who I am. Because of my parents’ influence in my life, I am confident in myself and God’s plan for my life. My family has also been so encouraging about missions and I know that they support me 100%.
My church (Faith Bible) prepared me for this. Their missions conference was amazing and I became friends with so many missionaries that showed me that missions is possible!
Cedarville prepared me for this. I learned how to be independent and I obviously couldn’t do my student teaching overseas without Cedarville’s program!
Being in 4H prepared me for this. I learned so much about working with people and being a leader through 4H.
Dad putting a new foundation under our house prepared me for this. Seriously! I know that I can survive in any living conditions, including dirt floors in my house. My apartment in Africa is a piece of cake!
Maybe someday in the future, I’ll look back and say:
Student teaching in Kenya prepared me for this.
And yes, I count my time in Kenya as something that has shaped my view of missions in Africa and given me an opportunity to watch God work overseas.
There are so many other things I would add to that list now.
Homeschooling allows us to be so flexible with travel and provides consistency for the kids.
The numerous connections we've made over the years has built an incredible, encouraging, and supportive group of people who have already overwhelmed us with their love! We're thankful for you!
Jack has completed his Master of Divinity and we have both grown so much in our understanding of Scripture since college.
Jack has been able to be a shopper for Shipt and will be able to grocery shop for people wherever we are (as long as we're in the country)! This will provide income to fill the gaps.
God has so faithfully provided for our family. It's incredible.
"Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen." (Ephesians 3:20-21)
P.S. Just in case you'd like to see more of my blog from my time in Kenya, click here!
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