I believe that I am called to full-time ministry, that I am called to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I think where I am called, and how I will serve, will look different in each stage of my life. There is a passion and a desire within me to be with those who are shoved to the fringes of life, the outcasts of society and those commonly overlooked. I know I feel this desire because I once was a person who had been bulldozed over by life, who found adoption to sonship through Christ, and I know that God gave me that life and those experiences so that I would be able to continue that blessing and share that good news, as once someone shared with me.
I once heard that we minister sometimes most powerfully to others through using our deep hurts. I have found that true, I believe its easier, I can make eye contact through the severe pain of hurts and wicked situations because I get it, I have been there, I may not have experienced everything the same but the shock we receive from those who don’t get the hurt we experience individually it is replaced with understanding and welcoming arms to find rest with those who have our same experience.
God blessed me with hurt and pain as well as redemption and I feel it is my mission to bring hope and understanding to a world that has neither. I feel it is my mission to get uncomfortable for the sake of those who are broken and are in deep need to receive the comforter. I feel this passion and hope to live this out wherever God wants me to serve, whether in a church, a parachurch, or any job I may find myself in. I believe that in this world eye contact is hard to find, especially for the broken, but it is also where a lot of healing begins.
Every summer for the past three years I have worked at a residential camp. For the first two years I was a counselor, which meant I had nine young girls in my cabin for a week. During that week, I was basically their mother and did everything with them bible study, activities, meals, downtime, sleeping, whatever there was to do, we did it together. A lot of the girls I worked with came from mostly healthy happy homes, but every single week I would have a girl in my cabin who had some kind of abuse in her life, either present or past, And for just that one week of their lives, really just a moment in time, they got to make eye contact with someone who understands, with someone who gets them. The shock that abuse victims are met with from non-victims, that terrifies abuse victims from saying anything, was replaced with understanding, and at least for a week these girls received hope and light in a life that normally holds nothing but darkness and pain.
So that is what I am ministering for, that is my mission. To use my story and to use the Gospel so that God can move and take what is dead and make it alive.
Labels/Tags: Redemption, Deep Hurt, Shock, Abuse, Mission, Ministry
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