By Emily Armstrong
I got a text from Alejandra a few days ago saying she wanted to talk to me for a few minutes.
And a Facebook message from Merit asking me for prayer.
And an email from Daniela, updating me on what has happened in her life in the past few months.
3 women that we have had the privilege of training in missions, all 3 of them having participated in the past in Genesis ministry as missionaries for 2 years.
Alejandra, who is from Guatemala, has been serving for the past 10 months with a compassionate ministry in the USA. A little over a year ago, we asked her if she would be willing to take a step of faith and submerge herself into US culture for a year to learn from their compassionate ministry strategy and help us contextualize that for our region. As I spoke with her a few days ago, she was a bit torn – leaders of the ministry had asked her to consider staying for 1 more year in ministry, and although she thought she would be stepping all over our “plans”, I couldn’t help but smile. I felt like a proud parent when she told me that she really just wanted to do God’s will – whatever that was. It made me feel good to know that she was chosen. She was noticed. I told her that we wanted whatever God wanted – our missionary position has always been to connect called people to international needs and knowing that her attitude has been that of Christ, taking the very nature of a servant, could not make us feel more proud.
Alejandra is still praying about where God wants her to LIVE, but she continues to say YES to his call on her life, sure that a lifestyle of mission is where she needs to be.
Merit wrote in her facebook message that God has been tugging on her heart again, to serve in another city. She asked for prayer regarding an open door with her district leadership as well as her family responsibilities. In Spanish we would say that she has become “inquieto” or unsettled. She is back in her home country and her home district, however the pull to international mission and serving the big city is ringing in her head and heart VERY LOUDLY. I again swelled up with parental pride, knowing that Merit was ready to plunge into the waters of faith once again, ready to fundraise thousands of dollars and leave her family in God’s hands – all because He called.
Merit is still praying about God’s timing, but she has said YES to his call. She’s ready to go when He creates the opportunity.
Daniela wrote to me and told me that she is presenting her final exam to obtain her license to practice law. When she said yes to Genesis missionary ministry, she put her legal career on hold – all because she knew that God was asking her to be obedient. She served faithfully and wrote to tell me that God is still kindling the fires of service in her heart, sharing with me how the earthquakes that have recently taken place in Mexico have caused her difficult days, but how she knew that God’s call on her life was to serve the city. The “holy pride” as I like to call it came up again, as I exhorted her to consider her profession as VOCATION. Doing EVERYTHING for the Lord. Helping her to see that God had given her the gifts of legal understanding – something that we NEED in the city.
Daniela has said YES to God’s call, allowing him to guide her path, asking him to use her gifts and talents to impact the city by being the church.
Every YES is changing Mesoamerica. We are becoming the missional church that God desires us to be. We are so honored to be a part of HIS story.