I'm Elizabeth McCormick. Pray with me today: Pray that my family and I may be agents of change and reconciliation for Christ. Pray that we are instruments of God's love and peace. I pray too that you will consider where God might be calling you to serve.
I recall being a young teenager sitting in the pew on a particular Sunday when my body and my spirit were awakened. A missionary came to share her story about how God was working in and through her in Africa. At that moment, I knew that is what I wanted to do. I came home that Sunday and shared this exciting call with my family, but they did not share my same enthusiasm. My dad is a man of deep faith, but Africa seemed a little too far for his baby girl.
Through the years, I had opportunities to do short term international mission trips. David (my husband) and I found this type of work to be a very tangible expression of our love and faith in Christ. We talked about making this our life's work and dedication, but we always saw the barriers….. student loans, fear of leaving family, uncertainty of what life is like away from our life of privilege and luxury.
Life went on as usual. Our small group was doing a study by Jen Hatmaker called "The 7 Experiment" that encouraged a practice of fasting. I had never truly fasted but decided to give it a go. David and I approached the fast with a request to God. We were looking for divine direction…or at least a little clarity. By the end of the study, there was no road map to life delivered to my doorstep. But I was moved by the Spirit to address my excesses.
Then, softly, there seemed to be a whisper to go to the mission field. David and I prayed and talked and prayed some more. During this time, I came across this scripture found in Isaiah 61 and Luke 4: "The spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor." It felt like a gift of confirmation in our call to the mission field and we decided to apply to be missionaries with the United Methodist Church. I am now a pharmacist and David is a hospital administrator in Mozambique.
From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required;
and from the one to whom much has been entrusted,
even more will be demanded. Luke 12:48
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