Melissa came with a group from Pennsylvania to volunteer with Crisis Response this spring in New Orleans. For her, the trip was more than just an escape to a warmer climate or a chance to help someone out. It was a tool God used to confirm a calling He had placed on her heart years before.
Melissa came from an abusive childhood and turned to over-achieving as a way out of the situation. She fought hard as an adult not to end up like her mother, an alcoholic, but ended up falling into the same addiction. This led to brokenness in her other relationships as well.
In 2011, she received Christ as her Savior and was passionate about her faith. Melissa had a few trusted, mature Christian friends who invested in her and helped her grow spiritually. In 2012, she began to feel a nagging call to missions, but did not pursue it because she did not know how it could be possible. Would God really want to use someone as broken as her?
After more discipleship, the call to missions returned and she joined her church’s next mission trip to New Orleans. While in Louisiana, Melissa prayed and asked God to open her heart and show her whether she was called to missions, and in what capacity. She appreciated the relational focus of the ministry and was struck by the long-term need for restoration in New Orleans.
By the end of the week, Melissa felt the confirmation was clear in her heart for missions, and she is still praying about what exactly that looks like, and where. She heard about the open position for a communications coordinator for our ministry, and realized that might be a good fit for her. She has invited others to pray with her as she discerns whether this might be God’s next step for her.
This month we are focusing on prayer and how important prayer is to everything in our ministry. It lays a strong foundation, agreeing with God for the things He wants to see happen, and entering into a partnership with Him to carry those things out. Would you pray with us for the volunteers who come to work with us this summer?
- Their eyes would be opened to how God is at work and how they can partner with Him, in disaster-affected areas, as well as their home community.
- If God is nudging them to become more involved in missions, that they would not ignore that call, but take action steps toward it.