Wanderlust is a part of my DNA.
The Lord created me to be a woman who is always hungry– for adventure, new sights, mountains to climb, people to see, foods to taste, and experiences to experience.
On my own, my wandering traveler’s heart is prone to get to get me into some trouble… But the Lord, fully knowing the desires He has placed in my heart to “go”, has transformed my life into a beautiful journey of “going” for the purpose of His Gospel being spread to the ends of the earth.
I’m both a disciple and follower of my sweet Jesus, but I’m also an apostle for Him. I’m a “sent one”, as I believe we all are.
Do you feel called to the nations? To go and proclaim His goodness and love to the hopeless and brokenhearted? I urge you to follow the call in your heart. The road is long, but the journey is beautiful.
Resources for the wandering soul and inquiring apostle:
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: Perspectives is a class that helps believers from all walks of life see how they can get threaded into God’s story of redeeming people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to Himself. From Genesis to the prophets, Jesus Christ to the early church, and Constantine to today, you will see how God has been moving, how the global Church has responded, and what the greatest needs in world evangelization remain today. It isn’t a class about missions, but a course on how every believer can be intimately woven into the story of God using His people to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth.
Book recommendations for the missionary soul: Being a voracious reader has helped keep me from losing my mind while living in a remote village where the most exciting thing to do is attend a high school basketball game once a month. Check out the link above to see my book recommendations regarding cross-cultural ministry and the stories of missionaries who have survived, thrived, and fallen flat on their faces before Jesus.
Resources and online communities for the weary, lonely missionary:
Living outside of your comfort zone, in a new culture thousands of miles (and several time zones) away from the ones you love is hard. No one would dispute that. But thanks to the advent of the internet (even if our internet is dial-up speed in a village) community can be online. If you’re struggling to process the life and calling the Lord has put in front of you, know you are not alone. We were created to live in community and I invite you to reach out! Read what others have experienced. Write and process your own story. Start a conversation.
Matthew 18:20 says, Where two or more are gathered, there He is also. (And I firmly believe that Jesus isn’t picky about whether we find our community in person or through a connection group online with other missionaries overseas.)
Velvet Ashes: An online community of women seeking to thrive in the cross-cultural settings the Lord has placed them in.
A Life Overseas: A real life conversation about the goodness of God, the bad junk of life, and the ugliness and reality of our hearts that can exist within life as a missionary.
“Jesus came and said to His disciples, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.“