First, I want to say how much I appreciate whoever is reading this. Whether you’re a friend, family member, or someone I’ve never met before, and you just happened to stumble upon this, thank you for taking the time to read whatever Bryanna and I have to say. It means so much to me, and I know the same for her. I’m just a 13 year-old girl, from a small town in Alabama who wants to share her passion for missions with the world. The fact that anyone is reading this right now, makes my heart so happy. 🙂
Now that I’m done expressing my gratitude, let’s get started. Like I said, I’m just a teenage girl from a small town in the south, and I love Jesus, and I want to share that with people that aren’t fortunate enough to get that love everyday. Luckily, I am and I’ve grown up in that love. Growing up in that love has made me who I am today. Through that love, God has shown me that I need to share it with other people.
Being called to missions has been one of the greatest things I have ever been through. I felt called to missions when my youth group and I went to go watch a movie. We went to watch “Let Hope Rise”. “Let Hope Rise” is a movie by Hillsong, all about their beginning and how they became who they are now. In one part of the movie, they’re in the Philippines and they are doing missions there. Seeing them around all of those people made me realize that that was what I am supposed to do. That night on, I knew what I was supposed to do.
I’m not gonna say that accepting the call to missions was hard, but it wasn’t easy either. It was easy at first for me to say yes. Missions is something I’ve always wanted to be a part of, but I’ve never actually felt called to do it. Once the initial excitement wore off, and I had time to think about it, I realized how terrifying it actually is. When you think about how big of a responsibility it is, it’s really scary. Having to share the gospel with someone that has never heard it before is such a big responsibility, and it also involves big risks.
Running around at two years old screaming about wanting to be an anesthesiologist, I never thought that I’d ever have to face anything like this. Although the call to missions has been one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me, it has also been one of the scariest. The night I felt God tugging at my heart was so confusing to me. I didn’t know what to do. I thought I was supposed to be a doctor, here in the United States, but boy was I wrong. At the beginning of being called to missions, I even thought that maybe I was supposed to be a medical missionary. Now that everything has had time to set in, I’ve been thinking about teaching instead.
Through this one movie, my whole life has changed. From living and working as an anesthesiologist in the United states, to living and working as a teacher in Africa, my plans have been drastically altered. I may only be thirteen, but I won’t let anyone look down on me because I’m young. I know what I’m supposed to do and no one can stop me except God.
“For I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.
“Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for other believers in your speech, behavior, love, faithfulness, and purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12.