I feel like I’ve wanted to be a missionary for ages now, but if you knew me even 10 years ago this would sound like a colossal joke. But here I am, a domestic missionary, working in the field of anti-trafficking.
Over the last few years I’ve been on multiple foreign mission trips, I’ve started seminary (almost halfway through… YAY!!), and worked with Redeemed Ministries, all while going about my life as a wife and homeschooling mom of 2 crazy girls. Last year I accepted the position of Houston Director of Operations with Redeemed, which was a bit daunting but has been great.
Well, I’m still the Director of Operations but have recently been taken on as missionary staff, which means not only am I an official missionary (!!!), I get to start raising support so that I can be funded like an official missionary!
That may not sound like a fun thing, or a perk of the job, but I’m actually pretty excited about it. I’ve raised support for my mission trips in the past and used to dread “begging” for money and risking rejection when I asked for support. But I realized as I’d go on these trips, people weren’t giving me money, they were offering their prayers and financial blessings for the work that God was going to be doing on these missions.
I love my job. I get to work with law enforcement, with other non-profits and agencies, meet fascinating people and be in ministry with people I love and respect. No two days are ever the same and things can change in a moment.
I have the privilege of working with survivors of some of the most horrific traumas imaginable. They bring me to tears, and they provide me with some of the most hysterical laughter. I end every day knowing that I am exactly where God wants me to be.
I’m so grateful for the place I am in my life. I’m ecstatic that God has realized my dream of becoming a missionary. And I’m going to embrace every part of it, which includes raising support for the awesome work that God has called me to do with survivors of human trafficking 🙂