Monthly Archives: February 2014

Where is the Mission Field

In less than two weeks, I’ll be in Niger, Africa on a mission trip. A group from my church recently returned from Haiti.  One of the team members was sharing his experiences with the congregation, and he said something that resonated with me. He asked, “What would happen if we all acted the same way in our daily lives as we do when on a mission trip?”  I tend to forget that any time I leave the church sanctuary, I’m on the mission field. We are all called to go, and that means everywhere we go, there are opportunities to share the gospel.

This morning, I made a rare trip to the Laundromat. As I sat engrossed, studying material for my pending trip, an elderly man folded his clothes. We didn’t speak, and I was barely aware of him until I noticed he was struggling to open the door with his basket full of clothes. He dropped his leather jacket, and it was only then that I jumped to offer assistance. Another woman rushed in and started removing her clothes from the dryer and rapidly folded her clothes. It was obvious she was in a hurry. I could have offered to help, but I tuned out the world around me as I had my head stuck in a book. She left, and I was alone, waiting for my comforter to dry.  A man dressed in a suit and a young woman entered the Laundromat. They looked as if they were on their way to church. I looked up as they walked toward me, and he boldly asked, “Do you know Jesus?” I stood up and said, “Yes. I’m preparing to go to Niger on a mission trip in two weeks.” His response was, “That’s very interesting. We are Jehovah’s Witnesses.”  He then handed me a pamphlet and promptly left. I sat down and read the brochure.

I’m not well informed about Jehovah’s Witnesses, but their actions this morning reminded me that I was sitting right in the middle of the mission field.  Had I been focused on the people surrounding me, I might have had the opportunity to share the gospel.  Satan can trick us into focusing on the wrong things.

There are lost people all around us. I hope you’ll read this and remember that you are in the mission field.

 

Trust and Obey

I finally submitted the first book of The Weldon Series to an agent whom I met at the ACFW Conference. You may wonder why I’ve been stalling. The conference was in September. My manuscript was finished. I’ll let you in on a little secret. The manuscript is never finished, never perfect.

Open doors are few and far between for unpublished writers. That’s why I wanted to make sure to send my very best work.  I’m impulsive by nature. However, for once in my life, I waited. Even now, I worry about grammar errors, typos, word choices, etc. I reviewed the final version of the manuscript this morning and saw an error on the first page of Chapter 2. And so, I had to close the document and let go.

In two weeks, I will send the manuscript to an editor who requested to see the first five chapters. I’m hopeful I’ll have an agent by then.  If not, I’ll polish more and try other avenues.

I know God’s hand is on this project. The first draft of book two is finished.  I started outlining the third book of the series last week. In book three, the protagonist, a retired bank executive plans to use her wealth to start a drug rehabilitation facility for women. My next plan of action is to research recovery facilities for women.

At the Rotary luncheon on last Friday, I found myself sitting across from the guest speaker. To my astonishment, I discovered she is the director of Haven 4 Change, a drug recovery center for women. God arranged for me to meet this inspiring woman. When I start to doubt myself, God has been faithful to provide the resources and people I need. My job is to trust and obey, to yield completely to His will. I am in awe of the great God I serve.

What is God asking you to do? Are you afraid? Do you doubt your skills? I’m reminded of the old hymnal, “Trust and Obey.” 

I may never be a published writer, however, “I am happy in Jesus when I trust and obey.”