I hope that everything is ok. This post is about an amazing opportunity that God has given me and a bit about the steps leading up to it. I hope that you enjoy it and that you can support me if possible.
As you may know, I am in my second year of uni studying International Relations. When I graduate, I want to work for a charity. Preferably a Christian charity that deals with international development. Last semester I did an internship with a charity and really enjoyed it. I truly thank God for the opportunity because it really motivated me to work harder to ensure that this dream can become a reality because faith without works really is dead!
One idea that I was really toying with was the idea of going abroad. There were so many reasons why I wanted to and so many reasons why I was reluctant. Last summer, I had a meeting with a recruitment adviser and he recommended that I sign up for the International Citizen Service (ICS). When I checked, it would be too late for me to go abroad in that year, so I filled out the form to register my interest. A man from the programme emailed me telling me that they will keep my information and get in touch with me, but they were not sure at the time if the programme was going to be on this year as the Department for International Development (DfID) might not continue to fund it because it was only meant to go on for a certain amount of time. After that, I remember praying that the programme would go on because at the time, I really wanted to go.
Before I had my internship last semester, I knew that I definitely wanted to work in international development but I wasn’t sure if I definitely wanted to work in the charity sector. I considered doing an internship with the Civil Service this summer with the dream that this would enable me to work for DfID. I filled out the application form, had conversations with advisors to prepare me for the test and then in the end, I didn’t take it. The main reason that I didn’t take it is because the only thing that interested me about the internship was the money that I would get paid. Some may think that’s stupid, but it just wasn’t enough motivation for me to do it. In retrospect, I have realised that my attitude then was all apart of God’s plan.
Fast forward to 2015, and ICS is still running. I applied to go abroad with the Christian International Development Charity, Tearfund. I was emailed by a lady from the charity saying that I had been invited to an assessment day. I was still not 100% sure whether or not I definitely wanted to go abroad. I emailed, the lady asking if I could get some experience in another area of the charity, hoping that I could bulk up my CV. Look at how quickly I forgot that this was what I had been praying for only about five months ago.
Then my friend gave me a book called ‘Formula for Humility,’ by Dag Heward-Mills. She didn’t give it to me because of the programme but because I had told her that I had started to become very prideful.The book began to make me realise many things and I would really recommend it. I started to see how it was pride that was stopping me from going. Living in England, I easily forget how privileged I actually am. I take for granted many things. I initially thought that Tearfund only offered me the opportunity to go to Bangladesh and as far as I was concerned that was not where I wanted to spend ten weeks. My life is not my own and neither is time, so who was I to scorn a place that God created? I began to realise that my reluctance was in fact pride talking. Pride was stopping me from doing many things. Pride truly comes before the fall. Rejecting this opportunity could have prevented me from getting a job in the future because overseas experience is a vital skill for the line of work that I want to go into.
It was only at the assessment day that I was told of the other options. I had to answer many questions and then tell them my preference country and they would decide where I would go, if successful. I said Bangladesh because I wanted to overcome my fears. Before my interview, the lady prayed for me. She prayed for me! This just made we want this experience more. It also made me want to work at a Christian charity even more. I initially went, just to see what happened however after I left, I can’t remember wanting anything more than this opportunity.
“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ – Matthew 25:40
“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some have unwittingly entertained angels.” – Hebrews 13:2
I had my interview last Friday and thank God that on Tuesday, I found out that I was successful. The Great Commission is what we should set out to do and I thank God that He has given me the opportunity to go beyond where I live to share His love. I pray that as I go to South Africa this summer and help those who I once considered to least that God will use me to bless them and that He will also use this opportunity to humble me.
I am beginning to see God’s plan for me. The church that I recently joined is extremely missions focused. The Sunday before my assessment day prayers and announcements were made about those from the church who were overseas. It was God’s ways of speaking to me and reassuring me that I was making the right decision to go abroad. I am not the first Christian to do so and I won’t be the last. As we entertain strangers, may God’s will be done.
In order for me to go, I need to raise £800 by June. If you feel as though you would like to contribute, you can click on the JustGiving link below or text JRUQ66 £1/2/4/5/10 TO 70070. Feel free to get in touch with any queries or to find out how you could go yourself. I will definitely keep you all posted.