My name is Bethany, and I will be going overseas to North Africa for two years! I will leave in November on the Refugee and Arabic Study track. I graduated with a BA in Social Science from Biola University and am beyond excited to begin this journey, observing how the Lord will work within and through me during my time. Over the past two years, God has continually softened my heart and open my eyes towards going overseas. I have had an increasing desire to serve the Lord in some capacity, and this organization has given me the opportunity to do so. Here is a little background on that process!
At the beginning on my junior year of college, I became friends with someone who grew up on the field. Right away, I was able to see his love and passion not only for the country he grew up in, but for the people he grew up with. There was something different about his passion for others that I had never seen before. It was impossible not to catch the bug after that! However, I did not begin to entertain the idea of serving globally until my senior year. It was when I took my first intercultural development class that I realized my perspective on the world was too small. It was that same week that a Go Corps representative came in and spoke to our class. I immediately signed up!
God continued to work in my heart as my desire and excitement to serve the Lord as an overseas worker began to grow. I applied to Go Corps in November, even though the application was due in March, and was accepted in December! As I was skyping with my Go Coach (one of the many incredible perks of going overseas through Go Corps), I began to realize God was calling me to the field as the Holy Spirit interceded on my behalf to where He wanted to use me.
After feeling more and more confident in my calling to serve the Lord globally, fear set in. I was sitting in the back of my church at our Good Friday service, trying to wrap my head around why I was about to enter into the 10/40 window. I have no prior overseas experience and felt beyond unqualified for the task ahead. I sat there journaling my heart out, confused, scared, and unsure. It was in this moment that the Lord came beside me, as I wrote out in the midst of my confusion “I have not forgotten your sovereignty. I have not forgotten the Great Commission, I have not forgotten your will for my life.” From that moment on, I knew there was no denying the Lord’s plan for me! Joy and excitement overflowed in my heart, as I accepted the position that week!
NOW WHAT? As I am sitting on an airplane heading home to enter into this new journey of support raising, I am eager, curious, and have every other emotion imaginable! I do not know what these next few months will look like, but I know that God will be present through it all. Please pray for a drive and energy to spend the long days and hours on support raising, while maintaining excitement about the journey currently at my feet and ahead!
1 Peter 5:6-10 “6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”