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Patience had a strong relationship with the Lord, served on a church staff even – but knew she hadn't "arrived". God challenged her to get out of her comfort zone. She took Him up on His challenge and hasn't regretted it!
"A little over a year ago, I walked into a building filled with people, expecting to sit through a short worship session and enjoy a few sermons. Little did I know that that morning would change what the next year of my life would hold. I was working in ministry, going to church on Sunday, reading my bible... but I knew that my heart had hardened toward the Lord. I walked out of that same building that day in tears facing a decision of whether or not to commit the next year of my life radically to the Lord in seeking Him through IMPACT195's discipleship school.
I had been looking into a few different master’s programs because that's what I thought the next step was. It was pretty much overnight that God took control of my heart and broke it for the nations. I knew that He was giving me an opportunity to draw near to Him like never before and I had to decide if I would respond.
I did respond and God has met me in so many incredible ways!
This last year I had the opportunity to go to Nigeria with a group of my classmates and bring hope to the lost and the hurting in Jesus name. We were about 4 days into our trip and I was looking around at all my teammates experiencing the joy of the Lord and His supernatural power when I realized that I wasn’t. It bothered me. So the next morning, I got up early and I spent some extra time reading my bible on the balcony of our African hotel. I prayed, I journaled and I listened to worship on the drive to the same village we had gone to the day before. Before getting out of the car I said to the Lord, 'If its not you that is stepping out of this car, then keep me here.' I had the opportunity about 20 minutes later to present the gospel to about 20 kids and teens.
There was one boy in particular that caught my attention and I was burdened for Him. I felt the heaviness he was feeling and knew that the Lord wanted to show him that he was loved...that he was wanted....that God was close to him. I pulled Him aside and the Lord spoke to Him through me. He received Christ as His Savior and began to understand that God wanted to have a relationship with him and through thatrelationship grow Him into a leader among His peers. I realized in that moment, that God was so near to me. I was seeking Him...and He allowed Himself to be found...not only by me but by someone who needed to know His grace.
While on our wilderness trip in my first term at IMPACT195, I was given a card with a scripture from Hosea. Its Hosea 6:3 and it says: 'Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.'
The Lord brought this scripture to mind countless times during this last year. I go to bed at night and I never once have worried whether or not I would wake up and have it be morning. The morning, the rain, the sun, the moon, the stars - these are all things that I take for granted. I know that the sun will rise in the morning, the rain will fall in the springtime. God used this scripture to communicate to me that I can rest and know He will be there for me. He continues to draw near to me as I pursue the knowledge of Him."