Stories of Change

Heather

Women in Asia

What about Sugar Creek missions made you want to get involved?
I always felt called to India; Something about the country just captured my heart, I thought that going on a gospel-sharing trip to the other side of the world was only for “expert” Christians, which I certainly was not. I walked by the India booth at the Missions Expos for several years until one year, I saw someone I knew from Sugar Creek, a young mom and an introvert like me. When I found out that she had gone on an India trip and talked to her about her experience, it gave me the boost of confidence I needed to sign up for the next trip. I love that Sugar Creek provided me with all the training and support I needed to feel equipped for the trip, from how to share the gospel easily to how to be filled with and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

What fears or concerns did you have to overcome through the trip formation process?
I didn’t feel like I had anything special to offer the team, and I was afraid I would be a hindrance rather than a help. I doubted my abilities; I questioned my Biblical knowledge, and spiritual maturity; I doubted my personality. But I have learned that God does not call the qualified; He qualifies the called. And in my weakness, God’s glory shines brightly.

What logistical challenges did you face in doing foreign trips?
I am a stay-at-home mom with two kids, ages 2 and 4, so I had to figure out who would take care of my kids while I was on the trip. Luckily, my husband’s parents lived in town and were willing to help. We are so blessed to have their assistance. I did my best to do anything I could to make things as easy as possible for them while I was away, like prepping a freezer full of meals, but it is still a big sacrifice that my husband and in-laws make to support me and enable me to go on these trips.

What did you learn about God after your first Sugar Creek mission trip?
The book of Acts truly came to life for me. As I walked the slums of Mumbai, I could vividly imagine Paul walking the streets of cities throughout the Roman Empire in the first century. I heard stories and personally witnessed God working miraculously to bring about circumstances that led people to Him. I experienced firsthand God moving in power in places where people had never even heard the name of Jesus. I saw God’s heart for the marginalized and the lost and how He is working in the hearts of people who are living in darkness, revealing Himself to them in unique and personal ways. Above all, I grew closer to God so much, in intangible, yet very real ways. Spending a week focused on God and His mission, working closely with Him every moment, and trusting Him to guide and empower me was a life-changing experience. My relationship with God grew much stronger, and I fell in love with Him.

What did you learn about yourself after serving on a Sugar Creek Mission Trip?
I learned that I am small and insignificant, yet God chose me and allowed me to be a part of His great plan to bring the message of salvation to the world. It is the greatest honor and privilege to serve God by sharing the gospel’s good news the hopeless and the lost. I learned that I really can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me, as long as I am living right at the center of His will.

 

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