From Perspectives to the Mission Field

12 Jul

Blog post by Laura P., Team India 2012

My journey to Journey 117 started when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.  However, to make a long story short, I’ll fast forward years later when I was sitting in my college bible study during my first year of nursing school, hearing a friend talk about the class Perspectives that she was taking.  Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is a course all about Christian missions and our place in God’s purpose for the world.  It sounded fascinating, and I knew that I desired to learn more about God’s purpose and His path for me in missions.  God’s timing was not for me to take the course that spring but to wait another year and take it in Spring 2010.  I am confident that it was God’s timing, because that is when I met Emily Hilburn (Mobilization Coordinator for Journey117).

Laura (left) and Emily (right)

Emily and I were assigned to the same table. Too often, we found ourselves the only two laughing out loud at many of the speakers’ jokes.  We got to know each other throughout the semester and at the end of the course, we were both interested in helping the coordinating team the next year.  Little did we both know, God planned on us coordinating the class together!  So there we were, on a plane to Colorado for training!  Our friendship only grew from there, and we discovered that we are great travel buddies!  We had a fun and successful year coordinating Perspectives together and loved seeing the growth not only in our students but also in our own lives.  During that time, I got to see Emily go through the process of connecting with Journey 117 and through lots of prayer and seeking God, she took her dream job!  What a blessing!

Emily and I continued to stay in touch. She knew that as a nurse, medical missions were my desire for my future.  She contacted me about a trip World Orphans was planning to take with a medical focus.  I quickly signed up!  God of course had different plans, and I ended up being drawn to the World Orphans trip to India that Emily would be leading later in the summer.  Through much prayer and seeking the Lord’s will, I am now on the India team!  I could not be happier to be in God’s will!

So here I am, completely sold out to the command from God to love and take care of orphans everywhere.  I still want to focus my nursing career on medical missions, and I know that being a part of Journey 117 and World Orphans is a huge part of my future.  I know God has incredible things in store for India and our time there.  Now, only a few short years after sitting in Perspectives class hearing about God’s heart for the world, I see God’s purpose for me in missions being played out!

Laura resides in Oklahoma and will be serving with Journey117 this month on Team India. 

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