“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12
A year and half ago, when I first saw the brochure on Generation Transformation, this verse in first Timothy resonated with me. I was both challenged and excited by the call to be an example (to lead). Today in my work, I am challenged to do exactly that. The call and challenge to lead does not come in the forms and ways usually associated with leadership – having a group of people listen to you and wait for you to give them a sense of direction. It comes in other ways.
My placement site is not a traditional work setting; working Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. I am responsible for ensuring that I account for my work hours, carry out tasks, and act as a good steward of what has been given to me and to what I have been called. Sometimes I fall into the temptation of being lazy and irresponsible in my use of time and other resources, but I am reminded constantly that I am called to lead for the glory of God.
In my work, I am learning to speak up and take responsibility. I am learning to take personal responsibility and also to work together with others in achieving goals. Working with migrants, I am learning how a single act of irresponsibility or a refusal to act can affect a lot of people and create problems for many who may not be directly connected to us.
When I signed up to be a Global Mission Fellow a year and half ago, I had no idea how it was going to happen. However, a year and half in, I am excited that the program, indeed, challenges people and calls young people to leadership.
International and Migrant Ministries
GMF International, Class of 2015-2017