A Heart for Missions

I have a heart for missions.

The dictionary says a mission is an important assignment, a strongly felt calling; especially a Christian one, to go out into the world and spread its faith. For me, it’s not just strongly felt, it’s part of my DNA, and I venture to say, that of every Jesus follower.

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Matt 28:19 via alifesurrendered.com #thegreatcommission #theGospel

When God baptized me with His love, it wasn’t just His love for me, but also for the world. When we know His heart and what grieves it, then something gets deposited down deep in our spirits. Something that keeps us unsettled and stirred. It’s the burden of the Lord.

And when God gives us His burden, it’s not the kind that we carry on our shoulders that make us weary. It’s the kind we carry within, and with Him. The kind that break our hearts for what breaks His. The kind that awakens our souls for the world He loves. The kind that compels us to action. The kind that brings us to the feet of Jesus to plead, “Use me. My life is an offering.” The kind that leads us on a journey of being brokenhearted for a broken world and allowing it to shape our lives.

I’ve allowed it to shape mine.

God arrested my heart for my family, my children, my first call — motherhood. And I embrace it, home, as my most important mission field. Yet, I still have a call. To the nations? For a long time, I thought I misunderstood. Maybe I didn’t hear right. I questioned God, “Why? Why would you break my heart so deeply for the nations, and I hardly ever leave my house?” I pleaded with God to take the burden for missions from me. He never did, and I doubted. I would cry out, How do I reach the world as a mama who spends most of her time home?”  

My answer came in a most unlikely way — blogging.

Last summer, I wrote a post on my blog, and I titled it “God’s been waiting for my yes.” I ended with this prayer, “Will this “YES” take me to the nations, Lord, to provide food for the hungry, shelter for the bare, water for the thirsty and You for the lost? Because that’s what I want. Then here is my yes, Lord, I am a writer.”

A few weeks later, I was contacted by a humanitarian organization called World help. They offered me an opportunity to go on a trip as a blogger to Guatemala for an initiative called Operation Baby Rescue. I said, yes. And World Help is a tremendous part of the reason I’m still blogging. True. Story.

I’ve wanted to quit blogging before, but this last time, I really did — stronger than ever. But each time I’ve come to that place, I think about the opportunity to go to Guatemala, and how it came after I dared to say, “let my writing take me to the nations.” I can’t blog to make myself known. Pursing my own interests for the sake-of-self leaves me empty, wanting, and weary. Not just in blogging, but in every part of life. I want how I spend my time to matter. I live a life surrendered for a purpose greater than my own. This blog is for a purpose greater than my own.

Let every knee bow down, every tongue confess that you are Lord.

I’m planted as a stay-at-home mama and wife of a business owner, who lives in the United States. I know that is not going to change soon. But, it’s undeniable that blogging is part of God’s plan, and an unlikely route to fulfill the desires of my heart and my call for missions. Yet, I haven’t written and told the stories of my trips like I have wanted to. For no reason except, I was just. plain. scared. Why? Because every single time I would write a story about missions there was an exodus of email subscribers, and seeing them leave would knock me flat, and keep my silent.

Not anymore.

I made a promise to God and myself, I’m not going to look at the subscriber list. Not for a long time. Maybe a year? Maybe never. I’m just going to write. Write my passions. Tell. Share. Because it’s like a fire burning inside me, and it’s not meant to be contained. There are places I want to show, and people I want to tell about. People who need saving and people doing the saving from poverty, starvation, sickness, lack of clean water, slavery, and all other kinds of injustices. I have stories to tell, stories from all over the world. There are many people who don’t want to hear them, but then, there are countless others that do, because it’s in them to want to make a difference, too.

And I blog for World Help. I am a World Help blogger. World Help is doing an incredible work around the world, and they have have proven to be more than a humanitarian organization to me. They are more like a family, and I am growing to love the people who are involved. They are quickly becoming a very real important part of my life. If you stick around, you’ll see why.

I dream with them. I dream of saving more lives with them. And I dream of saving lives with you, too. True.Story.

  • MsLorretty

    My husband and I have applied to agencies 4 times. Four times God has said no. But he hasn’t change his GO=passion within me. So, we do what we can and go where we can when we can. Because like you said…it’s in the DNA. Bless you!

  • http://www.bumblebeegrace.blogspot.com/ Melissa Ann

    As a girl who has been told no (gently) by God every time I’ve begged to leave the country, I thank you for sharing your heart for missions. But I also thank you for sharing that what I do everyday with my sweet little three: that too is missions.

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com/ Michele-Lyn

      Meilssa,

      I see myself in your words. Thank you for sharing this little bit with me. I know God has a plan in keeping that desire in your heart. And yes, our beautiful messy mission at home — God is so in that!

  • http://lauriesnotions.blogspot.com/ Laurie Byrne

    Ah…..Michele…..this speaks to my heart. But then again you usually do! So glad that you’re “back”. :)

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com/ Michele-Lyn

      Laurie,

      Thank you for the warm welcome. <3

  • http://www.handmedowngrace.com/ Jessica Hoover

    Are you going to be at Allume? If so, can you save a moment to talk? Really truly I would love it if you would. Blessed by this.

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com/ Michele-Lyn

      Jessica,

      Yes ma’am. Lord willing, I will be at Allume. And I’d love to meet! I think Twitter will be the best way to connect once we are there. :)

  • http://thefullestjoy.wordpress.com/ Sarah

    I am soo excited to hear your stories Michele! Honestly I have been waiting to hear about your trip to Haiti! I know there may be lots of people who don’t want to read about the poverty and pain in other nations, but be brave. Make known to the nation’s what He has done! It may be scary, but it is part of telling His story. So tell it with boldness friend!!! :)

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com/ Michele-Lyn

      Sarah,

      What a precious heart you have! Thank you so much for encouraging me! I will remember you when I begin to share more. I just finished looking through my Haiti pictures and it was like I was there again. I just began to cry. Thank you, friend.

  • Beth

    I leave for Guatemala in two weeks on my first mission trip. Thank you for these words today that inspire and encourage as I prepare for this trip. Blessings.

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com/ Michele-Lyn

      Beth,

      How wonderful! I miss Guatemala. Who are you going with?

      • Beth

        Good afternoon, Michele. I will be going to Guatemala with a group from my church. Any advice on things to include when packaging? I have a packing list but would love to hear from others who have already been there.

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    You inspire me. I hope someday I will be able to touch foreign soil (agin). All in God’s timing!

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com/ Michele-Lyn

      Barbie,

      God is a God of wonders. No doubt, will you one day say, “Only God,” as you do step foot on those soils. I’ll message you later today, friend, in reply to yours. :)