Serving the team in this capacity, by working in the finance department at Overland Mission’s world headquarters, is a blessing I never saw coming. My dream was to be working in rural Africa serving the people there. When we (my husband and I) were asked to fill this position, my heart sank, but as we prayed about where the Lord was leading us, we realized that if we wanted the Gospel to be preached in the nations, we had to be willing to do whatever it takes. And so, we said yes.
Processing donations, responding to emails, and answering phone calls are all apart of my daily routine. It looks a lot different than life in Africa (or Asia or South America), but using my gifts allows our team to thrive at theirs. Romans 12 talks about how we are all members of one body, the body of Christ, but we have different roles, gifts, and responsibilities. Verse 6-8 says, “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”
When my perspective shifted from “giving up my dream” to following God’s calling, it was easy to say yes. I asked God to give me a passion for what I was doing, and now I am filled with joy as I sit at my desk each day. It may not look like what I thought, but I am reminded often that my role is affecting people’s lives all around the world. Not only are their lives being changed now, but it’s also making an eternal impact for the Kingdom!