Having grown up on missionary biographies [the standard Christmas gift for PKs =) ] and meeting many “real-life” missionaries at church, I can see how God’s been growing my heart for overseas missions since I was a kid. I really felt like Chicago was IT after years of living there in a Puerto Rican community in the heart of the city. Going to an urban, Latino church and teaching in a low-income neighborhood school was an awesome, cross-cultural, “missional” 12-year experience, where the Lord stretched and grew me in some wonderful ways.
So I was quite surprised when He used old college friends to redirect me into tribal missions. “Lydia, just walk prayerfully in this direction and let God open and close the doors…” my friend challenged me after sensing my desire to go into missions, but my hesitation to make such a big change as well. Ding! A lightbulb went off in my head. It suddenly dawned on me that I could prayerfully take a first step without having the 10-year plan all figured out.
Sooo, after a few more prayerful steps…2 years of Bible school in Waukesha and 2+ years of missions training in Missouri, I’m off with Ethnos360 to do church-planting and Bible translation work among unreached, tribal groups in Asia Pacific.
Though, as I’ve learned, when you’re following Jesus, you never know just how He will unfold the adventure.