During this internship I have gotten a better idea of what it means to be a missionary, of what it means to lay aside your personal life, to commit fully to your mission. A lot of the time it is neither a fun nor easy process. I did not choose how to feel, it was reactionary. It was all spiritual.
The program that we run trains people - young and old - to go out into the mission field. We build up missionaries. Through the grace of God, our students have felt the call and impact of God's calling on their lives. This is one particular testimony of what God has been doing in the life of one of our students:
“Before I came to [this missionary training school], I began to hear God calling me to serve Him in new ways in my life but I wasn’t sure of what that would look like for me...
I want to share a lesson about prayer that I learned centered around Philippians 4:5b-7. It says, "“The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Before I left for a missions trip to Peru, a friend asked me to bring a suitcase full of presents to her family who lived in Lima. Once in Lima, the suitcase didn’t arrive on time so I stayed with my friend's family in order to make sure they eventually received it. I was frustrated. Things weren't going as planned and I wasn’t going to be able to stay with the people I traveled with.