Brenda became an honorary member of our family when we first met her in the summer of 2015. Following the Lord’s leading, she moved to a remote community in northwestern Alaska where she worked as a travel nurse. This is Part 1 of her story . . .
- What first interested you in mission work?
I don’t remember a specific event or point in my life when I felt called to missions more than another. I instead remember that as I was mentally working through what I wanted to do after my High School graduation, I was excitedly anticipating a time when I would be able to either work at equipping others for ministry in foreign counties or be a missionary training, educating and/or sharing the love of Christ with those whom did not know Him. The desire to be a missionary cross-culturally and work in missions as I aged started and solidified in those final years of my High School education. With a habitual evaluation of where God is leading me now, and through the decisions that I make daily, this desire remains and has not yet been removed.
- What was your first mission experience?
My first mission experience was going to Haiti for two weeks to assist a friend of the family at a small orphanage for disabled children. Among many other things, it opened my eyes to what it would be like to simply live in a foreign country and about the importance or skill of cultural adaptation, while also remaining true to who you are. I learned a lot about stepping out of your comfort zone and in being obedient to what God may be asking of you no matter the cost or sacrifice.
“Prayer is the avenue in which I have felt the Lord leading me most through.”
- How have you known what to do, where to go, etc. for an assignment?
With each of the decisions that I have had to make in preparation on planning for an assignment, it is almost guaranteed that each will hold a level of risk to myself and/or a step faith on my part, towards God, in which He is asking me to be obedient and follow in His direction. Two of the largest factors that have helped in guiding me into choosing the assignments that I have are: 1.) past experiences, and 2.) dedicated prayer in the decisions that I am asked to make.
In some ways, I feel that God brings things into your life at one point – when it does not seem significant, to then remind you of them later – when you are better able to use them, or they are better applicable. Experiences build off of one another in a sense.
Outside of this, and most importantly, I believe that prayer is the avenue in which I have felt the Lord leading me most through. After presenting decisions to Him, He then has answered my prayers back to me through feelings of peace, closed or open doors, confirmation from others, ease of “things fall into place,” or logical reasoning.