There’s a place for you in mission

When I talk to people about wanting to do missions, their typical response is that they could not do it for one reason or another. One of these reasons is because they do not feel like they could add anything valuable to the mission field. They feel like their skills cannot be used or like they do not have any skills worth bringing to the table. However, this is not true. I am here to tell you that there is in fact a place for you in this mission.

Probably the most famous verse for the reason behind doing missions is Matthew 28:19. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…”. While this is not the only verse in the Bible that refers to doing mission, it is a direct command about God’s mission for the world. He wants for every person around the world to know Him. We are called to bring glory to God by going out and sharing the Gospel with people that have never heard it before. Just think, there are still many places around the world that have absolutely no access to the Gospel! There is not a single Christian in their community. We cannot let our insecurities about being insignificant get in the way of people hearing the Gospel.

“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” We were all made uniquely by God, and we all have gifts that can be used for missions. God is not surprised by the gifts that you have; He gave them to you. Surely if He created you to be the way you are, then He can use you the way you are for His purposes. “But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be?” Your gifts are unique to you, AND they are valuable for missions. You are one part of the body of Christ, and God made you just as He wanted you. You fit within the larger body of Christ.

“Now if the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.” We have our gifts and talents for a reason. Just because we do not have the gifting that someone else has, does not make us less valuable. Sometimes we can think that our gifts are not as important. For example, if we are not a doctor or a nurse, then we don’t have something as valuable to offer. But the Bible says, “Those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor.” You are indispensable to the kingdom of God.

So what are some examples of people using their skills to do mission? Well there are a wide variety of avenues that you can take to do missions, because like I said all skills are valuable. I will give you some ideas of ways that World Horizons does mission around the world, but this is not an extensive list. Just because I do not mention it here does not mean that your giftings are not able to be used in missions. In fact, I would say the opposite is true for all of the reasons I gave above.

There is education as mission where you could teach adults and/or children. There is business as mission where people own or run different businesses to impact the work world. There is medicine as mission for doctors, nurses, and pharmacists. There is art as mission where you can open an art gallery in other countries to showcase work by Christian artists. You could be the person running the art show or you could be the artist that creates pieces for a show. You could teach dance as mission or run a sports camp for mission.

You could do farming as mission where you help with sustainable development. There is a need for vocational trainers, where you would teach your skill or job (plumbing, electrical, carpentry, etc.) to people in other countries. There is also a need for hospitality, cooks, hairdressers, communications managers, media personnel, financial directors, church planters, administrative workers, and so much more. The possibilities really are endless. I hope that by showcasing these opportunities for mission that you will see that your skills can be used. It is not therefore a matter of whether your skills can be used for mission, but more a matter of being willing to go.

Remember…you are indispensable. You are a necessary part of the body of Christ. There is a place for you in missions.

Much love, B

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All moved in

I am officially moved into my new apartment! I did not realize how much stuff I had until I was packing everything up to either go to my mom’s house or come to the apartment. It is crazy how much stuff one person can acquire! We managed to move all my stuff into the new apartment on Saturday. It was a little bit chaotic, but we did it. I have unpacked almost all of my things now and have made the bedroom that I share with 3 other girls feel more like mine. It definitely feels more comfortable and homey now.

I don’t think I really slept at all the first night. Sleeping in a new place has always been a challenge for me, and this was no different. I was aware the whole night that I was not fully asleep. I think I had to get used to the different sounds and the different surroundings. However, last night I managed to sleep really well, so I think I adjusted pretty quickly. We have two girls in our apartment that wake up very early to go to work so I hear their alarms go off, but luckily it was easy for me to go back to sleep. It is definitely a different experience to share a bedroom with 3 other people. I am a light sleeper so I wake up when I hear them stirring, but I am hoping that over time I get used to that. It is new and different, but it is good preparation for going abroad.

Much love, B

My lovely cousins

On my mom’s side, these are my only cousins. 2 are in California, my brother and I are in Virginia, and 2 are in England. We have never lived in the same area together, and yet we are very close. I love spending time with them. The age gap is pretty big, but that doesn’t stop us from having a lot of fun together!IMG_0444.jpg

24 things I like…

I figured since I am 24, why not give you a list of 24 things I like/love. This way you can get to know me a little more by having insight into the different things I like.

So here is my list:

  • Anything pink
  • The Bourne Trilogy
  • Christmas!!! (Music, tree, hot chocolate, stockings, presents, gingerbread men, yes!!)
  • Concerts
  • Cities
  • Hiking
  • Cookout Milkshakes (the PB chocolate one)
  • Chewing gum
  • Being blonde (my natural color is brown)
  • The sun
  • Dressing up
  • Bread, bread, and more bread (especially hot out the oven)
  • Snuggling
  • Leggings/yoga pants (all day every day)
  • Malibu and pineapple juice
  • Staying in my pajamas all day
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • All things British
  • Getting my nails done
  • Breakfast foods (any time of the day)
  • The beach
  • Shoes, clothes, and jewelry (I might love these things a little too much)
  • Reese’s, but only the holiday ones (hearts, trees, pumpkins) because there is a better peanut butter to chocolate ratio
  • Anything that goes fast

This is obviously not an extensive list of all of the things I like or love, but hopefully it gives you a little glimpse of me.

Much love, B

The War is Over

One of my favorite songs is “The War is Over” by Bethel Music. These are the lyrics:

“The war is over turn around
Lay your weapons on the ground
The smoke is fading before the light
The dead are coming back to life

He has made a way for us
Born for glory out of dust
Children held within the arms of Peace
He has made a way for all
Mercy waits where sinners fall
He is our Victory

The war is over His love has come
To call us daughters and sons
No longer orphans without a home
We have found where we belong

It is finished, it is done
The blood of Jesus overcomes
It is finished, He has won
He has won”

I love this song because it talks about how God already won the war for us. Jesus died on the cross in our place so that we would be forgiven and righteous. Although we may fight day to day battles, God has already won the war, so we don’t need to fight for something that has already been won. We can live in freedom because of the victory of the cross! We are home where we belong. We are loved.

Much love, B

Change is never-ending

Today marks the start of me moving my stuff out of my apartment! I will be starting to box my things up in preparation for moving into the shared intern apartment on Saturday. I am kind of sad about leaving my little apartment. It has become my home over the past 14 months, and I love it. The couch and kitchen table are gone, leaving huge open spaces in their wake. My bedroom wall is being painted from a cheery sky blue back to plain white. My stuff is slowly starting to disappear. All the traces of what makes this home to me are being removed. Soon it will just be an empty space, as if I never inhabited it.

I’ve had a lot of happy memories in this apartment. It was the first apartment where I was really on my own….well I had one roommate, but we rarely crossed paths. We each had our own bedroom and our own bathroom…our own spaces within this one apartment. I got to make the space my own, with little touches of me everywhere. My room was my own. Now I will be sharing a bedroom with 3 other girls. I can’t help but feel a little bit saddened by that. I like having my own space. A place where I can go back to and remove myself from other people. A place where I can relax and just be alone. I will have to find ways to make my new space feel a little bit like me, and I will have to find ways to get some alone time in. It’s another new adventure. One I’m not sure I am entirely ready for, but it’s happening anyways!

Much love, B

Chain Breaker

I was listening to a message yesterday about how our biggest fears rarely come true. I definitely have feared a lot of things that have not come true. For example, I feared that I would not have a job after college, and then I got a job after a few months. Our fear, doubt, and anxiety can often paralyze us from actually living life. And we don’t have a lot of time to live on Earth, so it would be a tragedy to waste it by constantly living in fear. Luckily God is above all things and can break chains of doubt, anxiety, and fear.

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I used to struggle with anxiety so much that I would not be able to sleep. I would get tightness in my chest, and I would start having panic attacks. It consumed me. I would pray to God asking Him to give me peace and to settle my heart and mind. I also struggled with depression so much so that I would not be able to get off of the couch. I would like to say that the problem was resolved immediately, but it was not. I battled with anxiety and depression for a while.

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But eventually my prayer was answered, and God released me from my anxiety and depression. I no longer struggle with either of these things, and instead I have joy and peace. Now that does not mean that I never feel sad or anxious at times, but it does mean that those things do not rule my life anymore.

I am reminded by Psalm 18:16-19…

He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.
He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.

God rescued me.

Much love, B

Kittens!!

People that know me know that I don’t really like pets or animals in general. However, my brother’s girlfriend just got two kittens, and man is there something therapeutic about holding kittens! I love them so much. How can you not!? Look at that cute little face.

Friends, friends, and more friends

We were talking today about the importance of having and building community. It is not only important for us while we are here in the internship, but will also be vital when we go abroad. Good community helps people to not feel alone. It helps to encourage people and build people up. Good community draws you closer to God. Strong community is extremely important to me. I need to have people that I can trust and confide in around me. I currently feel like I have wonderful communities, but it has not always been like this.

IMG_5058When I started going to college, I felt extremely isolated. I knew very few people there and constantly felt left out of things. Then I joined my a cappella group and instantly had a group of girls as my new community. It took time to build the relationships though. There was plenty of conflict along the way, and lots of grace that had to be extended because of people’s differences. But I came away with some of my best friends to this day.

IMG_1076When I graduated from college I felt pretty alone coming back to Richmond. I felt like I had built this amazing community over the last 5 years of my life, and now I was going to have to start over. So I decided to join the worship team and a small group. My small group started out as a bunch of people thrown together. None of us really knew each other beforehand, but before long we were hanging out on the weekends and doing all sorts of things together. We have been camping, gone Go Karting, had barbecues, gone swimming, done an escape room together and so much more. We are a tight, close knit group now, and I love it. I always feel renewed when I am with them.

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As I have joined yet another new community here at Hillside, I am learning how to love the people here. We are all very different, and yet we are all beginning to fit together. I pray that all of the communities I am a part of will continue to grow, and that I will be able to encourage the people within them.

Much love, B

Where God?

When explaining that I want to do missions to people the first question I always get asked is, “Where do you want to go?”. My response is that I have no idea. I think typically people expect that you have a place in mind when you say you are doing missions, but not in my case! I don’t feel as of right now that God is calling me to a specific place. I think a lot of places seem really interesting, but there is nowhere that particularly stands out to me. I am praying that God reveals this to me.

I am reminded of a phrase I read the other day that I am going to use in my prayer:

“Where you want, when you want, how you want”

I want God to be at the center of this decision. I want to go where He wants, when He wants, and how He wants. I want the emphasis to be on Him and not me. I want to be able to say, “Here I am God, use me as you wish.”

Much love, B