A little over a year and a half ago, January or February of 2019, I was working full time at a local gas station. Having the opportunity to know my customers and coworkers was a lot of fun, and overall I enjoyed it, but I felt strongly in my heart that there was so much more I should be doing.
I began seeking the Lord more earnestly, asking what He wanted for me, and where He wanted me to go next, if anywhere. One evening, in a lull between making cappuccinos and milkshakes, I was talking to the Lord and He told me, “go to Nigeria in October!” I was a bit surprised at first. Not that God told me to go to Nigeria, but that he spoke! Why was I surprised? I’m not sure. Although I think that on our walks with Christ, we can sometimes do that. We ask something so many times over, and then are taken aback when we get an answer.
God is constantly talking with us, we need only be still and listen! I know that my mind is constantly still blown by that. That the God of the universe wants to converse with us and cares about our lives. He knew about us and loved us before He created the universe like it says in Ephesians 1:4. He had plans for each one of our lives before He spoke light into existence. Plans to prosper and grow us like it says in Jeremiah 29:11.
I prayed into the word I received, and sought confirmation, which I also received. Making the choice to go was the easy part. God gave me such a love for the Nigerian people before I even knew I was called there. It was quite challenging in the months leading up to our departure. I think for myself, the hardest part was telling my family members closest to me. They didn’t understand the mission, or were fearful for our team’s safety, and understandably so, Nigeria is a dangerous place for Christians. However, like it says in Deuteronomy 31:8, “The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
The center of His will is the safest place for anyone to be, and for an incredible reason known only to Him, God chooses to work through people, not because He has to or needs to, but because He wants to. Our obedience pleases Him and grows our relationship with Him. If He wants to use myself and the team to kick start the amazing plans He’s got for Nigeria and its people, my answer would be “yes” every time. Regardless of how it looks to the world.