This article was published in Insight Magazine February 28, 2009.
by Betty C. C.
I want to encourage you to go preach on an international mission trip. I recommend going with ShareHIM, your local conference, or union. Making the sacrifice to go on an international mission trip will have definite eternal rewards, because you are obeying God, by spreading the gospel, and in doing so helping to fulfill the Great Commission. God will be able to grow you spiritually in ways He would not be able to if you stayed inside your comfort zone, because you will have to rely on Him a lot more – for absolutely all your strength. See Psalms 18:2 and 27:1.
I want to emphasize that the Lord can use you to spread the gospel, whether you are older or younger. For instance, there was on our team an eleven-year-old speaker, Shylla Gessele, and an eighty-six-year-old speaker, Mrs. Sarah Jane Clouse. Mrs. Sallie Demers at sixty-two and I at sixteen had never spoken before, and neither had Seth Sutherland, a fifteen-year-old who preached almost a whole campaign by himself on an island to the south of the one on which we were located.
Christ said in Matthew 9:37 the harvest was great, but there was a problem – a shortage. This shortage is not in money or other resources, because the Earth is the Lord’s. The shortage was in workers: not of employees, but workers – people dedicated to serving God and their fellow man, rather than themselves and their own pleasure. He needs those dead to self and alive to Him, those who are truly open channels not blocked with selfishness through whom His grace might flow. He needs you.
But you say, I have never preached before and definitely not overseas. I had not either when I went to the Philippines a few short months ago. In fact, I had come to tell felt Bible stories, not to preach, but the Lord convicted me during orientation in Manila that He wanted me to offer to preach. Continue reading “Me – a Missionary? – What God did with me during Spring break – March 2008”