“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vein conceit. Rather, in humility consider others above yourself, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4
God used that verse to radically shape my worldview, and through that renewing of my mind (and a few specific experiences), He showed me I had been blessed for a specific purpose- to be a blessing to others. I accepted Christ as my personal Savior towards the end of elementary school, but it wasn’t until the end of high school/first year of college that I truly began developing a relationship with Him. Once that happened, my life ambitions changed dramatically. I entered college with one goal-to gain an incredible amount of success that would provide me the American dream. By the end of my sophomore year, I had officially changed my major 12 times. To say I was confused and uncertain would be an understatement.
I have found that God works the most when I am willing to step out in faith and trust Him in situations I would normally never be in. Little did I know, God was preparing to rock my world. That summer, I found myself on a team of college students heading to Kenya. Looking back, I can only point to God in getting me there. I was probably the last person anyone expected to go to Kenya- I didn’t like dirt, germs, weird food, or my personal bubble being infringed upon. However, armed with plenty of Germ-x, peanut butter, and the most gracious and loving team leaders possible, I boarded that plane. What I found in Kenya shook me to my core. The following is an excerpt from my journal upon returning home.
and students listen.
My head's not in it.
Degrees are given,
Applause and accolades from all.
My heart's not in it.
“Adults” get jobs,
professions born, money made.
The American dream is realized.
Dreams of white picket fences and cushy neighborhood living,
Why am I different?
When I close my eyes,
I see an orphan.
Sitting alone in the slums,
with a blank stare.
A child who has been through more
in his three years,
than I have in my entire life.
In the midst of the everyday hustle and bustle,
I take a breath and am transported.
Fresh rain, good food,
this Kenyan village smells like home.
I hold the hand
of a parentless child.
Dirty, broken, yet somehow hopeful.
I listen closely,
and hear the Muslim call to prayer.
The misplaced desperation to feel wholly loved.
I taste the food,
prepared with love,
graciously shared with strangers who become new friends.
Families so poor,
their next meal is a question.
I found God here.
In the hearts of new believers
and seasoned Christian ladies.
In the life of a baby,
abandoned at birth,
I found my purpose.
Money is temporary,
Christ’s love is eternal.
The more I faithfully go,
The greater potential for glory to the Father I see.
The paper and schooling says I am a social worker.
I pray my life says more.
Fast forward from 2009 to now, and you can find me getting as much missionary training as possible so that I can prepare for the next season of life- serving long-term overseas in a cross-cultural context. I have been to Africa 3 times now, including a 5 month stay in Uganda, and God has broken my heart for those who have never heard the good news of Jesus. If someone had told high school graduate Becca that I would one day become a missionary, I would have laughed in their face. I have been incredibly blessed by the teaching and leaders at GFC. Being a part of a church body that so highly values global missions is something I took for granted for a long time. However, now that I am pursuing a missions-based future, I have been so fortunate to be able to be a part of the Missions Equip class here at GFC. I get to regularly meet with a group of GFCers who are like minded, and we are able to grow and learn together. On my own, there is no way this would be my life. However, God has changed my life and mindset so that He can use me to glorify Himself among all nations.
The direction of Becca's life was radically changed as a result of stepping out in faith on a journey with God. If you'd like to learn more about your own Ultimate Journey, we have designed an interactive learning event for you on September 20 called Grace Equip Saturday. You will learn more about what it means to grow spiritually with God, as well as the role emotional health plays in spiritual growth, and customize your own next steps. Learn more and register at gfcnow.com/equipsaturdays.
Posted on Sun, September 7, 2014
by Grace Fellowship Church