As the deadline for applications for Generation Transformation approaches, The Book of Fellows will be featuring stories and interviews from young adult missionaries that hope to help others discern applying for the program. Below is the first one in our new series. Enjoy!
I can still remember standing under the mango trees in Nueva Vida, Nicaragua, hearing God calling me to make the most of this life I have been given. A call to move from short-term missions and into a life of long-term service. I knew then that I didn’t want to look back through photos in ten years at the people and circumstances that had grabbed my heart, and realize that I had done nothing more than file that call to action away into just another Facebook photo album.
Erma Bombeck once said, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and I could say, “I used everything you gave me.” That’s how I felt when I decided to pursue a call into mission service with the GMF (Global Mission Fellows) program of the United Methodist Church. I have some good friends from my home church and we all like to talk about how we want to be world changers. I was in a place in my life where I decided to stop imagining how awesome pursing that title would be, and just do it.
The GMF program placed me in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Crossroads Urban Center. We operate the largest emergency food pantry in the state, a free and low cost thrift store, as well as several community organizing and advocacy groups that work towards creating a better life for low income Utahns. Every day is a new adventure. From working with clients in our food pantry, to meeting one on one with the Governor of Utah to talk about policies that could change the life of the poor, I have been stretched and grown way outside my comfort zone.
Some days it is exactly like I imagined it would be, other times I see God’s hand in pushing me towards the uncomfortable moments that come with changing the world. Poverty in the US looks different than it did in the impoverished communities I served in Nicaragua. And while it looks different, God still hurts for the people of our country, and has called the Church to step up and continue carrying the banner of the Acts 2 church.
Every day is a new story. A father of three who just lost a job due to downsizing, someone with a mental illness and no way of getting medical care, a homeless veteran who served our country and still has trouble qualifying for services. These issues make people feel uncomfortable, but this is reality, and I have been called to step up and work towards a solution.
If you feel like God has called you to more than dreaming about what a changed world looks like, then consider walking down this journey that my classmates and I embarked on a little over a year ago with the GMF program. Stop dreaming and grab some tools. There is plenty to be done and plenty of room in the family.
Interested in becoming part of the Generation Transformation program, or want more information? Please click here. The deadline for early applications is October 15.
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