Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Emily Bennin
When God calls us into action, we are told to go: go to make more disciples, go to love, go to represent Him who dwells in us every second of every day. But how often do we follow through with that? I know for myself, the answer so far in my life has been not very many times. Either I wasn’t listening or I thought it would be too hard, and that was almost the case with Mission Year. In 2015, I heard about Mission Year for the first time, and didn’t want to go. But over the next 2 years of my life, God had continuously told me that I was going to move to Philadelphia after school, and He was right. I was offered a spot on the Philadelphia team around the end of my last semester of college, and I could not have been more excited. This was a promise that had been so clearly fulfilled, and even if I am nervous or fearful of what is to come, it doesn’t matter, because I can follow Him to wherever He calls me.
I was talking with someone after church one Sunday, and they were talking about “strategic placement.” God places us where He wants us to be for a specific reason, even if we can’t always see that reason. Another member added on after I agreed that I was strategically placed there but was still anxious to go, that the opposite of fear is love. Love God, love people. This really hit me as I thought about all of the opportunities of encounters with new people that I will get over the next year, and this continues to give me hope as I prepare for my year. I await with anticipation on how I learn to love God and love people better over the year through my team, my work, and my personal time with Him.
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