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Calling: Be My Witness

Missy Deal '16

 

Recent graduate Missy Deal '16 shared her thoughts on calling from Guyana, where she volunteered this summer. Her down-to-earth perspective flows from a conviction that God's call to "be my witnesses unto all nations" applies to all Christ-followers.

Missy DealFirst, it should be known that I never felt “called” to come to Guyana for two months—no burning in my heart, no strong desire to travel to this land. Yet, I know without a doubt that I am 100 percent living into the story that God has called me to.

How can I be so sure? Because God calls all of us to live into His global family. How we choose to respond to that call is up to us. If we are Bible-believing Christians, God calls us to make His name known throughout the whole world.

Awareness Cultivated Into Desire

Since I was a young child, I have been very aware of the hurting world around me. At age eight, I traveled to Mexico with the youth group my mother led. There, I saw real poverty for the first time. Since then, God has deepened my desire to meet the needs of others around the world and to make His name known.

God's Word Directs

I think today young Christians are so consumed with figuring out what they are “called” to do, they forget that calling comes through the pages of the Bible.

God has called us to serve, called us to meet the needs of the poor, called us to all nations, called us to live life abundantly, called us to live sacrificially, and called us to love; anything less than these callings sells God short of the glory He deserves. 

Called to Serve the Poor

I traveled 3,000 miles to “GO” and make Jesus' name known in Guyana. I teach children through songs, games and crafts; I love on children who otherwise would go hungry for love. The Center I partnered with this summer serves a poor area of Georgetown. Because of the poverty stricken community these children live in, many of them resort to violence as a way to cope with their surroundings. If not for the Center, many would not attend school due to the financial burden school becomes on the family; many would go without food.

God whispers, "Let's do this together."

These children can be very frustrating, but it is a humbling experience when you realize yours may be the only encouraging word they hear the whole day.

I honestly do not know what this experience means for me in the future. But I do know this: God invites us on a journey with Him. He never promised comfort; He never promised an easy road. 

As Bob Goff says, "God asks what it is He's made us to love, what it is that captures our attention, what feeds that deep indescribable need of our souls to experience the richness of the world he made. And then, leaning over us, He whispers, ‘Let's go do that together.’"

God is a global God; He calls us to be part of His global family.

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This story was published on September 30, 2016




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