Tuesday, November 06, 2007

I'm Going to Be a Missionary

I know this may sound silly, but I am going to be a missionary...right here in the Chattanooga/Collegedale area. Just like any missionary, I'm not exactly sure what to expect. I don't know what my daily schedule will look like, or what my job description will be. I don't know how or where I will connect with people or come into contact with people who can be lead to a closer relationship with God. There are so many things I am unsure of. However, in this open future I do know a few things.

#1 My mission is to reach out to families, all families, but mostly families that are hurting. This includes a LOT of people. I want to reach out to single-parent homes, homes with divorce, homes with pain, homes where children may not get all the love they need. I want to get to know these people, to build relationships with them, to throw my all into it. I want to spend time with them, have them over for food, help them to grow and become strengthened. Most of all, it is my prayer that through these contacts with children and primary care-givers that they can be led into a deeper relationship with God.

#2 I want to reach out not only to Adventists, or even Christians. This is a hard one. While I have non-adventist family members, I grew up in an Adventist Bubble, and I still live in one. How do I meet non-Adventists? I guess that's where God comes in.

#3 I do not have to bring in income. This is hard for me. I want to really help support our family (me and my husband) financially. But, it doesn't look like this is what God is calling me to do. That's how it is with mission work sometimes. You have to scrimp around. I will trust that God will provide the money that we need when we need it.

So, that's what I'm doing with the rest of my life. I'm sure Joshua's House will play a role, but will not be the focus of all that I am doing. I am eager and excited to see where God will lead me on this missionary journey.

I graduate on December 13, so my missionary deployment will begin right after Christmas. I look forward to updating you all on progress and sharing with You all of the exciting people God brings into my life.


Ann said...

Hey Laura,

You might want to check out the Partnership for Families Children and Adults. When I was working for TBN we were always interviewing people from the Partnership for our Community Awareness program.
They serve the community in a very wide variety of ways. They have a lot of volunteer opportunities, and even if you don't volunteer directly with them, you can get in touch with an organization that really understands the needs going on in Chattanooga.

Good luck on your mission.

laurettabear said...

Thanks Ann. I'm going to have to check that out!