When you're sitting in your comfort zone, it's easy to mention in your prayers that you are willing to go to the ends of the earth to share the Gospel. But, when God calls you to move across the state, country, or world that simple prayer seems like a moment of crazy! As I prayed for direction and guidance I knew that Missoula, Montana was where I was supposed to be showing the love of Christ.
It took a 3 day drive to cross the country and the first two days were filled with excitement, but the third, the day I was to arrive in Missoula, was a long day in the car filled with worry. Did I hear God right? Did He actually call me to Missoula? How can I, a 20 year old, make an impact on such a large community? In my moments of worry and confusion I was constantly reminded of the verse “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Jesus Christ.” Philippians 4:6-7. It wasn’t and still isn’t my job to worry about the plans God has for me. I knew that people at home were praying, and I was in constant prayer asking for the answers.
The first few weeks I was unsure of why God sent me here, and what my purpose was. I spent a lot of time reading my Bible and praying for opportunities to share the Gospel and reach out to this semi-new place I was in. Be careful asking for those kinds of things because when God comes through, He comes in a big way! Building on the relationships I made this summer while also forming new ones, God has given me some amazing opportunities to share His love and His story. I have had the opportunity to have a job in the community, a community that is full of false Gods. Being able to build relationships with people at work and explain to them that I moved to Montana from Kentucky to follow God’s call and become part of a church plant brings on some amazing questions about the Gospel that I am happy to share with these people who have never heard.
Some days being far away from home and my comfort zone of Parkway can be hard. I am blessed in my new home by an incredible church family near and far. Faith Bible Church is filled with so many amazing people who are willing to be a part of taking the gospel to the community around them. As our church family continues to grow and we look forward to moving into a new bigger building, we are focused not on the numbers or size, but on the people outside the church who need hear the gospel here in Montana.
As I continue to serve as a missionary in Montana, I would ask that you pray alongside me and Faith Bible Church for opportunities to invite people to our church, funds and help to put our new building in place, and more strong male leaders to become part of our church. We are excited to have Parkway along side and can’t wait for the team to come out an be apart of sharing the gospel together as one family in Christ.