The summer after my freshman year of college, I was really praying for an opportunity to go on mission overseas. Through FBC Centerton, I learned that Michael Gott International needed teachers for their English language evangelism event in Cherkasy, Ukraine. On very short notice, the trip was arranged. God truly removed every obstacle in order to get me there. I connected with the other members of the team in Ukraine immediately; another sign of how purposefully God had put me there. We spent two weeks teaching the English language to 900 Ukrainian students, building relationships with them, and most importantly sharing the gospel. In a country where life is full of so much turmoil and often hopelessness, they were overjoyed to hear about a God who loves, forgives, and wants to be close to them. 300 people were saved. It is truly an incredible thing to see God so clearly at work and get to be a part of what He is doing in the world.
I felt God strongly pressing on my heart to go on mission. Wherever He wanted to send me I would go and I trusted He would make it clear. The next morning I was unaware of a special Mission focus day at our church. Pastor Stuart called it 2012: The Year of Missions. He mentioned that our church was going to send a mission team to Greece where we would witness and minister to Muslim refugees. I knew in my heart immediately I was supposed to go. I didn't know why God was sending me there, but I knew He did. God is active in the hearts of Muslim refugees in Athens. He allowed me the opportunity to join Him and it was amazing! When we departed Greece in July, a piece of my heart remianed there as I couldn't forget the Muslim faces and the desperate need of Jesus in their eyes. I felt like my task wasn't finished and that there is more for me to do. When we returned home, I learned that we are sending another team back to Greece this coming year...and I'm going back! -Gaylene W.