Stories of Change

Sarah John

Sarah John

How have missions impacted your family?

My family started doing missions over 12 years ago, and my life has never been the same. Although it was a gradual process, missions transformed the Gospel for me. It showed me how the Gospel provides hope, redemption, peace, and restoration through Jesus. Seeing how Jesus can transform lives on my mission trips motivated me to share the Gospel not just in words but by how I live. Suppose I hadn’t started going on mission trips all those years ago. In that case, I don’t think I’d be where I am today as a Campus Missionary Intern on a college campus, building relationships with students and helping them seek Jesus in their everyday lives.

What would you tell other young adults that are apprehensive about serving in missions?

All good and meaningful things should make us both nervous and excited! That just means those things hold weight and significance. I believe that as Christ followers, we are all called to live missionally. I realize that missions is more of a habit than a one-time experience. For that reason, it takes practice for it to become more comfortable or natural. Missional living is like a muscle and therefore takes time and practice. One of the best questions I’ve ever heard asked is, “Are you limiting what God can do because of your perception of yourself?” I’ve seen God do incredible things when someone chooses obedience and faithfulness over comfort or fear.

Were any fears or apprehensions you had to overcome in taking on leadership roles in missions?

Absolutely! Fear of failure. Fear of rejection. Fear that taking a year “off” to serve in missions would derail my career plans. But God has taught me how to overcome and speak the truth over those fears. When it comes to failure and rejection, God doesn’t hold us responsible for results. He only holds us responsible for our faithfulness and obedience to Him.

What did you learn about God after your first Sugar Creek Mission Trip?

There are so many things I’ve learned about God through my mission trips, but I think the one that stands out the most is that God has such a big heart. There are so many people with different life stories and backgrounds and in different situations. God loves and cares for each one of them deeply. If only each person we encountered knew that they are loved like that! What if we can be a representation, albeit broken and imperfect, of that kind of love and care in someone’s life?

What did you learn about yourself on your first Sugar Creek Mission trip?

I continue to learn this throughout my life, but I cannot do anything in my own strength. I am broken and weak, and ineffective on my own. The beautiful thing is that Jesus uses broken and weak people like me to do His will and to touch other people’s lives. What a privilege.

What is most rewarding about your current Campus Ministry Intern role?

As someone who began to take ownership of their faith in college, I love getting to walk alongside college students who are not only learning to be independent adults but also learning to make their faith their own, whether that’s for the first time or the next step in their faith. It’s so humbling and rewarding that I get a front-row seat to watch (and participate in!) what God is doing in each one of their lives and how He’s drawing them closer to Him.

If you would like to share your missional story to encourage others, let us know! Drop us a note at missions@sugarcreek.net and we’ll help you share your story.