Girls in Action

Friday night I got to speak at the Girls in Action sleepover here at the church. GAs is for girls in 1st-6th grade, and they do service projects and fundraisers, learn about missions and do fun things together. I got to speak to 6 of these girls about my own story and God’s calling on my life. I also showed them some pictures and told a few stories from Asia, which they really enjoyed. Then I taught them a way to pray for missionaries and the people with whom they work, using your hand. It’s something that I learned at the SEALink meeting in Cambodia. You pray for 1) Open heavens (God to rain down blessings), 2) Open hearts, 3) Open homes, 4) Open ways (creative opportunites to share the gospel), and 5) Open harvest (Luke 10:2), using your 5 fingers to remember the five points. They had some pretty awesome questions, some fun and silly, others pretty serious. There were two exciting moments for me that I want to share with you. My internship is called Luke 10 and I’ve had the opportunity to study that chapter of the Bible in several instances and it’s become pretty important to me. I was talking with them about the last point, Open harvest, and Luke 10:2. As I read it, several of them were reciting it with me. Then I asked them what it meant, and they didn’t know for sure. As I explained what the harvest meant, their eyes got big and you could see the light coming on. The picture that there are many people who still need to hear the gospel, and that the workers are few, really connected with them. One of the girls came up to me and wanted to make sure she knew where it was found so she could remember it. I was also trying to explain to them that you don’t have to have the typical missionary job to serve God (teacher, pastor, doctor), but that God can use whatever gifts and passions he has given us. One of the older girls said she wanted to be either a missionary or a writer. I told her about my first Luke 10 assignment in South Africa that didn’t work out, where people write down the stories of the missionaries and Christians there, and then come back to the US and share that to encourage the churches here in the US. She got this big smile on her face and her eyes sparkled and she said, “I want to do that”. I am praying that these girls will keep their love for Jesus and His people, and that God will indeed send them out as workers in His harvest field.

Luke 10:2 The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

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