Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.– Hebrews 11:1
I am a full-time missionary for the Lord Jesus Christ here on the sidewalks of North America. Two years ago, I left my career in the health care industry, where I was blessed to work with the elderly and disabled population. I spend a great deal of my time now standing in the gap at abortion mills serving as a sidewalk missionary. The fact that there was NO ONE standing on a consistent basis at the two abortion mills I now serve was such a burden to my heart, my soul, my spirit. I prayed and prayed! I told God if He would make a way that I would be willing to go even though I did not feel capable or prepared. I knew that He was more than sufficient to handle the work and that my job was, and continues to be, to trust and obey Him.
I serve as a voice for the voiceless babies. I offer hope, through the sharing of the law and Gospel of Jesus Christ, to those working inside those places of death and to the parents that are stumbling to the slaughter. I offer help by providing information on community resources as well as practical tangible help (ie. financial, baby items, etc.) as needed and able to the parents and their babies that escape death there.
It is a hard ministry that is rife with persecution, misjudgments, misunderstandings, danger, and, most of all, sorrow. It is also a blessed ministry as it teaches one to more fully rely on the Lord God Almighty for ALL things! Or as Proverbs 3:5-6 more eloquently puts it, it teaches you to, Trust in the Lord with all tine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. But, In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
Since my husband and I made the decision for me to go into this ministry full time there have been many obstacles and trials but the blessings that have resulted have far surpassed all of them. It was a leap of faith to surrender my income in return for becoming an uncompensated missionary. We let go of many material comforts in order to make it work, including, but not limited to, my newer model car in exchange for the Plea Mobile which cost us only $1000 as well as our freshly remodeled pool house in exchange for a 32-foot travel trailer which we called home for over 1.5 years. The fact that this was not our first time “letting go” of most of our material possessions in obedience to God’s call certainly eased our worries and gave strength to our faith. We praise God that He has not ceased to provide for our family in every way since we made this faith filled decision.
God put this on my heart, and I could not deny it. Oh sure, like Jonah, I tried to run and, as a result, many difficulties pursued me (as well as my beloved husband, of course). Disobedience to God’s call leads to chastisement, sometimes of the severest sort! Ah, but repentance brings much understanding and wisdom which will assist in the prevention of such foolishness again as well as help you help others who are walking in the wrong direction themselves. I thank God for the hills and valleys! I thank Him for everything as it all leads me back to Him.
Now it seems God is leading me to write about this journey He has me on and as much as I have protested it seems He is set on me doing so. I will be obedient regardless of how I feel about the mission at hand. Therefore, the next several posts here on As You Rise will be a continuation of my missionary story. I hope you enjoy them and that they are edifying to your walk with the LORD Jesus Christ.
To be continued…