There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear… -1 John 4:18 NKJV
Something that I never really thought would happen to me has happened.
Just a little over a week ago, God answered my prayers, prayers that came from the desire he put in my heart ten years ago.
I started the path to become a missionary full-time.
But what’s amazing about this is not just one thing. It’s this and everything that has led up to it. God truly paved the path for me and showed me with crystal clarity the decisions I had to make.
He opened up doors of opportunity for me I never could have opened on my own. He helped me (and is helping me) to conquer my fears. He has given me the desire of my heart.
Years ago, I had such a hard time saying anything to anyone about Jesus. I grew up in church and was saved at a young age. But I regret to say, I was seized with fear. And I knew I was wrong, because fear is not from God and operating in fear is sin. So I prayed to God that he would release me from my fear and would give me a love for the lost. In his mercy, God touched me and never let go. I began to share the Gospel with people and give out Gospel tracts. Soon, it was all I thought about. And about a year or two later, it was all I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
God showed me a wonderful organization called Open Air Campaigners (OAC), whose mission is to proclaim the Good News in the open air for all to hear. After volunteering for them for over two years, one of the evangelists on staff told me he felt led to ask me if I would want to come on staff with them (thanks Zane!). I had been praying about the same thing prior to then! Although I was still unsure at the time about whether I should join or not, God showed me time after time that this was what he wanted for me by continually answering my prayers. As of last week, I am officially on staff with OAC. God is merciful and good, and he has shown me he is greater than all my sins, doubts, and fears.
So right now, I am asking for prayer. Prayers and pleadings to our God for humility, strength to fight spiritual warfare, wisdom, love, the Holy Spirit, and endurance to run this race. If you want more info, updates, and prayer requests from me as I start this journey, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.