I hope you all are having a good week so far. The spring weather is gorgeous here in Ohio. It’s so nice to leave the windows open again! I am also loving the smell of flowers… *sighs*
Okay, so on to my post. xD Why do I want to be a missionary? Specifically, to Africa?
Flash back to June 13th, 2018 (that date will always be memorized in my mind!). It was an ordinary Wednesday; I and nearly all of my siblings went to the library for a summer program with my Mom. As I was strolling up through my library’s aisles of books, pushing a stroller with my baby brother at the time… a book on the shelf caught my eye. I’d seen this book on digital downloads online (which is just digital loans to read on my Kindle through my library- if that makes sense, haha) that seemed really interesting and that I had put on hold. I hadn’t read it yet.
The book that caught my eye was “Daring to Hope,” by Katie Davis Majors. At the time, I didn’t realize she had written the New York Times Bestseller, “Kisses from Katie.” But I grabbed it off the shelf and stuck it in my bag.
After lunch, I remember sitting down on the couch and starting to read “Daring to Hope.” I couldn’t stop. It’s an incredible story. I think (I am a fast reader) I read the whole thing in about an hour and a half. Maybe less. xD I know I poured over it. After I finished, I was sitting there thinking about every word that I’d just read… and I heard God’s voice. Literally.
I know God talks to me all the time- through my parents, friends, and especially through the Holy Spirit. But this was one of the first times I’d ever HEARD His voice. And I’ll never forget what He said. “That’s going to be you one day.”
I was blown away. I am not a crier or really that emotional at all, (probably because I have older brothers) but I started crying. I couldn’t speak for what seemed like forever. I was completely and utterly blown away. The first words I prayed after I heard that was, “Why me?”
I had never thought about becoming a missionary. My Mom did some missions work back when she was in high school- and it’s what she wanted to do for her whole life. But that didn’t happen for her. And all of a sudden, because of one book, I knew that’s what I wanted to be.
And I still do.
Another crazy thing that happened that day was that my Mom’s verse of the day on her Bible app was one of my now favorites, Mathew 28: 19-20. It was kinda crazy that it fell on the day I learned I wanted to be a missionary!
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Isn’t that crazy? God’s ways are so mysterious! Not a day goes by that I don’t think + pray (and talk) about becoming a missionary. I probably won’t go until I graduate high school, get married- or have an adult guy go with me (like a brother or something), and I really want to go to Uganda. A dream that may never happen is to actually meet the incredible Katie Davis Majors in Uganda… but I’m not sure if that’s where God’s going to put me. I’ll go anywhere He says to go, even if that means to stay in the USA. Since last June, I’ve been reading & memorizing Scripture, talking to people who have been on missions trips, and reading missionary stories. I read “Kisses from Katie,” which was also as incredible as “Daring to Hope.” And praying + talking to Jesus about it everyday.
So that’s my story. And I can’t wait to see where God leads me. If that’s getting married and being a missionary in Uganda (though I wouldn’t get married just to go be a missionary), then I’m all for it!! But for now, I’m content in just following His path. I can’t wait to see where I follow!
Have you ever read the books by Katie Davis Majors?