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Saying Yes to the Call

Saying Yes to the Call

by Joyce Dragstedt on July 30, 2019

My heart is so full of the blessings I received by saying yes to the call of going to Uganda. 

I read this quote and it really spoke to me

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now. Love mercy now. Walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.

Living Sent became a reality for me to a faraway place. Satan tried to put roadblocks in my mind and path, but my prayer team and I prayed for my fears to be quieted. I moved forward with excitement and chose to focus on joy.

Our Empower One leader trained and prepared us for the week that we would minister. When we arrived at our first settlement church in the northern refugee camp, we were greeted by women singing, jumping and hand shaking all at the same time. The sound of rejoicing melted my heart for these ladies, and our journey began. We traveled to six churches, ministering to 90 or more people of all ages in each area. We were given the opportunity to preach, teach, pray, evangelize, praise God in song, and fellowship over meals. We looked past the heartache, pain, sickness, death, filth, hunger and sadness to share the Gospel and give hope in Jesus’ name. Amid all of their loss, these people were hungry to receive and hear about the Savior and His love for them. They were ready to sit and learn for six hours at a time, not thinking about time or other chores. They sang and prayed with abandonment, calling out to God with earnest, honest cries and singing and dancing before Him. The pastors and interpreters that traveled with us quoted scriptures and references by heart, or quickly turned in their Bibles to stories and verses that answered the questions of those seeking.  

Am I changed? Oh, yes!

I taught and preached freely, relying on the Holy Spirit to fill my heart and mind with what needed to be said. I prepared notes, but it was freeing to allow God to change my words and plans.

I realized how easily I allow the world to distract me from the worship of God and my time alone with Him.

I know I do not thank Him enough for all the blessings in my life.

I fail to make the most of every opportunity to share the Gospel story.

I need to put scripture in my heart and mind by memorizing the verse and the reference so that His Word easily comes to mind as I am confronted with hard questions.

Letting go of my plans and allowing God to lead the way each day is the best plan of all.

As I looked over the hillsides at the millions of huts, I realized we were just a small raindrop in this sea of people. I pray that many more will feel the call to go to this area to join God where He is working. The harvest is ripe for many tribes that have never been reached before in Sudan. God has provided a way for them to hear in the midst of the tragedy of fleeing their homeland. I feel so humbled to have been a small part of His plan with an amazing group of women that provided encouragement, prayer, tears, laughter and joy.

Colossians 4:3-6 became a prayer for me during this trip, and I will continue to pray it for myself and the work of pastors, evangelists and missionaries around the world:

“And pray for us too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

 

Say yes to the call. You’ll be glad you did.

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