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Letting God Use You

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2:45 A.M. The sound of the alarm on my phone jolted me awake. This was it! The day was finally here!

May 31st was the day I was leaving for Florida, where I would have a weekend of Boot Camp and then head out for Honduras on my very first Missions Trip.

Fast Forward.

Team Honduras, go out and spread the Good News.”

Those words were our team’s cue to exit through the back Sanctuary doors after our Commissioning Service at Hobe Sound Bible Church. But they were so much more than that. Those words were our team’s instructions for our trip. We were to go out and spread the Good News to the people of Honduras, to tell the people about Jesus, to minister to them, to tell what great things Christ had done for us, and what He could do for them, to be the light. Walking out of those Sanctuary doors, I had no idea what kind of adventures were ahead but I couldn’t wait to find out.

Fast Forward Again…

“Come get your tacos!”

Those were the words our whole team was excited to hear after a full day of travels. After weeks of preparation and excitement we were finally in Honduras! The tacos were just a delicious extra bonus to the excitement I was feeling.

For weeks I had been praying about this trip and trying to prepare for it as best as I could. I had watched God provide in huge ways from getting my passport on time to Him miraculously bringing the funds in, and anything and everything in between. I was so excited for what was ahead but I didn’t know how much it would change me. I didn’t know how much God would speak to me, how much He would stretch my comfort zone (for the better), or how much He would give me strength and help in those times that I may have had to step out of that little comfort zone of mine.

Fast Forward Again…

“Wow…”

I think that was the first thought that came to all of our minds when we pulled up to the dump. While in Honduras, we had several different amazing ministry opportunities, one of which was serving soup and handing out tracts at a local dump. You’re probably wondering why we were serving soup at a dump of all places. That’s because these people live here. I was so saddened when I was told this, and seeing it in person was just heartbreaking. It was hard, but it was so worth it! We were able to give some of these hurting people food and share the Love of Jesus with some of them. Ministering to them ministered back to us. This experience has taught me to be much more grateful for what I have, and that’s just one of the many ministry opportunities my team and I had. This was such a prime example of how God can use some of the hardest things we do in life to teach us and to draw us closer to Him.

Fast Forward Again… (Last time, I promise.)
*eraser scratching against paper* *loud sigh*

Yeah, this is me when I was first trying to write this article. I love writing, but how do I explain details of my trip, try to keep it short enough to not bore people, and try to make it all tie together to make a point that people will remember? I could probably almost write a book trying to explain all the cool experiences my team and I had and all the amazing ways God worked, but that’s not really the point of this article. The point I want to get across to you is this: saying yes to God is worth it. Letting God work in you and through you is worth it. Going on a Missions Trip (if God calls you to) is worth it. I don’t think you’ll ever return from doing something for God saying, “That was such a waste of time, I wish I wouldn’t have done that.”

God doesn’t lead us to do something for just a little joy ride or a photo-op. God leads us to do things to further HIS Kingdom.

Lauren in TLC shirtWhether that’s through going on a Missions Trip, teaching a Sunday School class, helping someone in need, witnessing to someone, or even through saying a kind word. And when God leads us to do something, He won’t leave us on our own. There’s a quote that I really like by J. Hudson Taylor that simply says, “God’s Work done in God’s Way will never lack God’s Provision.” That couldn’t be more true! God doesn’t just throw us into a ministry opportunity and say “you’re on your own!” anymore than a parent who is teaching his child to walk takes the child to the Grand Canyon and says “you’re on your own!” No, He gently guides us and helps us just as the parent would the child.

So I say all of this to encourage you to let God use you. It’s so worth it! He may not lead you to go on a Missions Trip overseas, and that’s totally okay! You can be used by God right where you are, if you’re willing. But if God does lead you to go overseas, I would highly suggest you say yes to that as well.

Let’s all strive to let God guide us and use us, and hopefully someday He will allow the paths of the adventures He takes us on to cross.

Thanks so much for reading!

2:45 A.M. The sound of the alarm on my phone jolted me awake. This was it! The day was finally here! May 31st was the day I was leaving for Florida, where I would have a weekend of Boot Camp and then head out for Honduras on my very first Missions Trip.

Fast Forward.

Team Honduras, go out and spread the Good News.”

Those words were our team’s cue to exit through the back Sanctuary doors after our Commissioning Service at Hobe Sound Bible Church. But they were so much more than that. Those words were our team’s instructions for our trip. We were to go out and spread the Good News to the people of Honduras, to tell the people about Jesus, to minister to them, to tell what great things Christ had done for us, and what He could do for them, to be the light. Walking out of those Sanctuary doors, I had no idea what kind of adventures were ahead but I couldn’t wait to find out.

Fast Forward Again…

“Come get your tacos!”

Those were the words our whole team was excited to hear after a full day of travels. After weeks of preparation and excitement we were finally in Honduras! The tacos were just a delicious extra bonus to the excitement I was feeling.

For weeks I had been praying about this trip and trying to prepare for it as best as I could. I had watched God provide in huge ways from getting my passport on time to Him miraculously bringing the funds in, and anything and everything in between. I was so excited for what was ahead but I didn’t know how much it would change me. I didn’t know how much God would speak to me, how much He would stretch my comfort zone (for the better), or how much He would give me strength and help in those times that I may have had to step out of that little comfort zone of mine.

Fast Forward Again…

“Wow…”

I think that was the first thought that came to all of our minds when we pulled up to the dump. While in Honduras, we had several different amazing ministry opportunities, one of which was serving soup and handing out tracts at a local dump. You’re probably wondering why we were serving soup at a dump of all places. That’s because these people live here. I was so saddened when I was told this, and seeing it in person was just heartbreaking. It was hard, but it was so worth it! We were able to give some of these hurting people food and share the Love of Jesus with some of them. Ministering to them ministered back to us. This experience has taught me to be much more grateful for what I have, and that’s just one of the many ministry opportunities my team and I had. This was such a prime example of how God can use some of the hardest things we do in life to teach us and to draw us closer to Him.

Fast Forward Again… (Last time, I promise.)
*eraser scratching against paper* *loud sigh*

Yeah, this is me when I was first trying to write this article. I love writing, but how do I explain details of my trip, try to keep it short enough to not bore people, and try to make it all tie together to make a point that people will remember? I could probably almost write a book trying to explain all the cool experiences my team and I had and all the amazing ways God worked, but that’s not really the point of this article. The point I want to get across to you is this: saying yes to God is worth it. Letting God work in you and through you is worth it. Going on a Missions Trip (if God calls you to) is worth it. I don’t think you’ll ever return from doing something for God saying, “That was such a waste of time, I wish I wouldn’t have done that.”

God doesn’t lead us to do something for just a little joy ride or a photo-op. God leads us to do things to further HIS Kingdom.

Lauren in TLC shirtWhether that’s through going on a Missions Trip, teaching a Sunday School class, helping someone in need, witnessing to someone, or even through saying a kind word. And when God leads us to do something, He won’t leave us on our own. There’s a quote that I really like by J. Hudson Taylor that simply says, “God’s Work done in God’s Way will never lack God’s Provision.” That couldn’t be more true! God doesn’t just throw us into a ministry opportunity and say “you’re on your own!” anymore than a parent who is teaching his child to walk takes the child to the Grand Canyon and says “you’re on your own!” No, He gently guides us and helps us just as the parent would the child.

So I say all of this to encourage you to let God use you. It’s so worth it! He may not lead you to go on a Missions Trip overseas, and that’s totally okay! You can be used by God right where you are, if you’re willing. But if God does lead you to go overseas, I would highly suggest you say yes to that as well.

Let’s all strive to let God guide us and use us, and hopefully someday He will allow the paths of the adventures He takes us on to cross.

Thanks so much for reading!

Lauren Young

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  1. Wonderful, Lauren!

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