A year ago I was walking around Swaziland hand-in-hand with laughing kiddos who had dripping ice cream cones in their hands. Seven months ago I was accepted into a program at my University that sends graduates abroad to serve globally for two years. Three months ago I made the decision to spend my two years in North Africa on the Youth Development tract. A month ago I graduated from Azusa Pacific University. One week ago I arrived in Minneapolis, Minnesota for an intensive week-long training that would equip me for raising support. Now I am back in my hometown and ready to hit the ground running with support raising and sharing my ministry. What happened? Where did college go? How is it already June?
I am still in complete awe at all that God has done, is doing, and will do throughout this ministry in North Africa that He has planned for me. If you had told me at the beginning of my college years that I was going to be serving abroad in North Africa with youth for two years after graduation, I would have laughed! It was not until an internship last summer when I was immersed in the culture of Swaziland and experienced the local’s acceptance of me as an outsider that I realized my thirst for knowing and understanding those different from me. I better understood my passion for coming alongside people as a means to learn more about God’s children, rather than going to a different culture to change them.
Throughout this particular season one word that I learned in Swaziland last summer has been a major influence in my decision making: “yebo.” “Yebo” means yes in SiSwati and also spells “obey” backwards. It is a constant reminder for me that I need to make a daily choice to obey God and say “Yes!” to what He places before me because of the beautiful plans He has!! This word coincides with 2 Corinthians 1:19-20. The verses say, “For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” He is the one whom Silas, Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate “Yes,” He always does what He says. For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for His glory.” These two verses talk about how God says “yes” to humanity, therefore humanity must say “yes” to God in return. In faith, I need to say “yes” to the God who says “yes” to us in Christ so that I can be further connected with our redeeming God.
As I begin this journey of support raising, I am excited to continue saying “yebo” to God so that His plans for my time in North Africa can begin to unfold the way He knows is best.