The Call to Be a Missionary
Global Missions and Humanitarian work.
Two years ago my life was changed drastically. Two years ago a vision was placed on my life that is now about to be a reality.
I have been attending, serving, and playing drums at my church for over 4 years. Two years ago my pastor invited me on the church’s first missions trip to Juarez, Mexico. I immediately said no… I googled Juarez and saw the drug violence and many other horrible things that happen there and blocked it out of my heart to go. Little did I know the Lord was about to intervene. The next week my pastor came back to me and said that someone in the church bought a plane ticket for someone to go on the trip and that he had been praying all week about who it was supposed to go to… Of course I was the only person on his mind. After thinking about it for the week and having all of the rest of the money donated to me, I decided I would go.
As soon as we drove across the border into Juarez, my heart shattered. The poverty, the hopelessness, the desperation. I had no idea. I thought I knew about third world poverty, but I had absolutely no idea. We were there that week to throw a huge Christmas party for about 300 children. There are a few carepoints set up in Juarez where hundreds of kids go every single day to get fed, help with school, and build relationships and friendships. These kids and families rely on these carepoints. The Christmas party was a huge success. Hope filled these kids lives by us loving on them and showing them how valuable and precious they are. The rest of the week we went to the carepoints and witnessed and helped with the every day operations such as feeding the kids and giving them school supplies. We also did home visitations. Talk about reality check… These homes were the size of my bedroom with 4–5 people living in them.. No floors, just dirt. Holes all in the walls and roof. Children all sleeping in one bed together with one blanket. It was 20 degrees at night when we were there. My mind was going a million different places. One thing I noticed about all the houses and children we saw, they were filled with excitement that someone from America would take the time to come down and visit them in their home. The children would not stop hugging us and the moms cooked for us in each home we went to. It was a very humbling day.
When we were leaving the trip and headed home, I just know that the Lord placed a new passion, calling, and vision on my life. He said “2 years”. I had no idea what all this would entail. I had no connections, no doors opened to get there, no money to make it happen. I decided I had to go back on another short term trip so I went again the next September. This trip even more so pushed me to start moving my family and myself in that direction. I made connections with the Pastor down there who is helping run the carepoints, became great friends with people in Juarez, and the doors to go started to open.
This December is our official moving month. We will be moving to El Paso, Texas right on the border and I will be overseeing and helping the carepoints in Juarez every day. There are 3 carepoints now. We will be opening up many more in the future by God’s grace. We want to make sure no child living in poverty is forgotten. We want to bring hope to thousands of people in Mexico. We want these children to succeed and not get stuck in the rut that is poverty. We want these children to know how precious they are.
All of this being said, take a step out of your comfort zone and do something that will impact someone else’s life. This is who we are made to be. You don’t have to take a jump on a trip like I did, but take steps where you are and show some love to those around you. I promise that not only will it change someone else’s life, but it will change yours. There are more broken and hurt people around you than you can imagine. And even in your own brokenness, reaching out and loving someone else can even heal you.
I hope this article has shed some light on the world, on who we are made to be, on the hopelessness in other places, and on how precious each person is, and on the how big of a difference you can make. Yes you! Start to live selflessly and see what happens! The Lord will reward you.
Matthew 25:40. “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
James 1:27. “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”
If you would like to support our missions/humanitarian work in Juarez and see what we are doing down there, our website is www.gcn.world/efferson. Every little bit of support we get is going directly to the work over in Juarez and I thank you so much for your time and support.