In the fall of 2009, I traveled solo into the depths of Uganda, Africa to volunteer at an orphanage for two weeks. I was gonna be a missionary and save the world! Two days in, I realized the severity of my mistake. I was not cut out to be a missionary.
Fortunately, I pushed through and finished the time I’d committed to spending there. It turned out to be an extraordinary experience on unexpected levels, many of which propelled me to live a simpler life.
As I’ve participated in subsequent mission projects over the past ten years, each played a part in revealing that my workplace, neighborhood, and relationships are my true mission field. God revealed that I was his unique pioneer of prayer, compassion, and authenticity. Not only did I become bolder in sharing my shame-filled past, but I could more easily relate to the hurting. When I didn't have the appropriate words to ease one's pain, I prayed for them.
While I may not be in the trenches digging freshwater wells and building brick walls, God has made it clear I have my missionary role. Praying. It may not be earth-shattering. However, it's impacting the Kingdom of God just as significantly.
As followers of Christ, we're specifically marked with a mission. Whether it's cooking meals for an elderly widow or volunteering to babysit for a single mother, we're all missionaries in action. Embrace where God has you to be his hands and feet in this suffering world. We are all equally important.
Heavenly Father, thank you for this missionary role of praying you've placed me in. I know how significant a role like this is and I am blessed to carry out your mission for me. May I bring glory to your kingdom and praise to your name as someone who prays for your people. I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.
Go Deeper — Pray today for God to reveal what your mission field is and how you can be of service.
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