For as long as I have been around church folks, attending churches and being a Christian. It wasn’t until 2006 that i finally caught it.
I am excited and looking forward to my first mission trip. I don’t have one planned yet but I know it’s only a matter of time.
It all began in 2006 when we started attending Houston Worship Centre. There were always talks of someone going on mission trips or just returning from one. Our pastor, Pastor Randy Needham, would allow them to give us update regarding their trip.
One thing they had in common, was that look on their faces, like they saw God on that trip. Honestly there was always something about them. Oh well, I would think to myself, that is surely not for me, I am one of those that will send people on mission not go on that mission. I was very happy to financially support ministries to go on missions but I just didn’t have any desires at all.
In addition, I also noticed was whenever our pastor returned from a mission; his teachings were intense, powerful and on fire. It kind of made me wonder what happens on those missions trip that they aren’t saying.
So in 2007 at one of our evening services, Pastor introduced a lady missionary called Carol Vezey. Carol Vezey is the founder of Favor of God Ministries in Uganda; I was totally not prepared for what happened next, Carol started to share with us the kind of things they are faced with in Uganda. The kind of signs and wonders they see daily/weekly. The intense prayer meetings they have, wow something happened in me that day. When Carol speaks, it’s like everything else just doesn’t matter, she captures your attention.
She doesn’t sugar coat her words, she says it like it is. She also carries a presence with her that is rare, very rare, the atmosphere literary changes. This is a very prayerful woman, living in a really hard environment and doing great things for the kingdom. That very day I made up my mind that maybe just maybe I might go on a mission trip. Carol has since been back to our church a couple of times and she is still a breath of fresh air and still doing great things. We became partners with her ministry and I have never been introduced to her personally. I know that her visits to my church helped me have a passion for missions now that wasn’t there before.
Then last year December 2009, we were invited to Harvest Now banquet. Harvest Now is a mission with passion for the people of Asia; they build homes for orphans and disciples them too. We know the Anderson family because we attend the same church, their entire family are involved in missions; they are full time missionaries.
At their banquet, they had invited their friends that had been on mission with them to talk about their experiences. I watched grown men and women cry when talking about their experiences and the love they have for the people of Asia and what they saw God did on that trip. I also learn that day that when you go on a mission you initially think you are going to help be a blessing to the people, while in retrospect you are the one getting blessed. The banquet solidified in my heart that I am ready to experience my first mission trip.
Isn’t God great, how he uses people? Am blown away by how these people that are just going about living their lives touched my life by their work.
What experience have you had lately that have completely changed you?