Having faith is one of those things that sounds nice and every Christian (hopefully) desires to be faithful, but it is much easier said than done. The thing about faith is that you are required to trust in Him without always knowing the details. Faith described in Hebrews 11:1 is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” As someone who likes to have a plan and wants to know what’s what before making a decision, having faith is quite the challenge. Deciding to move to Nigeria was not an easy process (and to be completely honest, it is still not an easy process). It came with many steps of faith: trusting this is what the Lord wants for my life, not returning to work and trusting Him with our finances, trusting our home would sell, downsizing our “stuff” to fit into a storage unit, having hard conversations with family and friends who didn’t understand, trusting we would be safe, and-one of the least important things but one of the most difficult things for someone who likes stuff-deciding what items to take without going over 100lbs.
Growing up I was inspired by my uncle who spent several months in Sudan on missions trips. He came back with many amazing stories and pictures and I knew it was something I wanted to do at some point in my life. I loved the idea of traveling, learning about a new culture, and helping people while sharing the Gospel. I was always intrigued by the idea of going on a mission trip, but it never occurred to me that I would be a missionary living in another country. In fact my personality is quite the opposite. You know those weird people who can just pack up one book bag and do whatever or go wherever on a whim and don’t have a care for anything materialistic? Not me. When my husband first started talking about Nigeria and taking short trips, my very first thought was “Great. The next thing that’s going to happen is him (Michael) talking about us moving to Nigeria.” I didn’t realize at the time how accurate my sarcastic thoughts actually were.
Taking that first step of saying “yes” was a life changing decision which led to a domino effect of more and more steps of faith, each leading me closer in relationship to Him. Although these steps were hard at times, I could always rely on what I know of His character to keep me going, and trust that the path He wants me on, is the best path for my life. Just because He calls us to a certain path doesn’t mean we have to follow; He gave us free will and it is ultimately our choice to obey or not. Moving to Nigeria was a hard decision that came with many sacrifices, but I am so thankful I did it.