A couple weeks ago, I asked Don Rock, who recently came on staff with AIM about his connection to us in his college days. This was his reply:
“I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.” -G. K. CHESTERTON
Have you wondered how a casual encounter can
significantly impact the direction of your life? I
meet people and have conversations every day, but seldom do I stop and
think about the effect that those interactions have on others. I’ve had several of these “happenstance” conversations that have changed the direction of my life. One such life-altering conversation took place during my second year of college.
I was at a stand still in my life. I
needed direction. It was about this time that my brother-in-law Joel,
who has been a mentor to me, came and asked me if I would like to go
along with him on a mission trip to Mexico.
was going as a speaker for this new organization called AIM (Adventures
In Missions). AIM said that they could use some extra help and I had no
plans for the summer. What a great opportunity; I had gone on mission
trips before and really enjoyed them.
On the plane to Texas, which was our launching point into Mexico, Joel and I had a conversation.
“Why did you leave Moody?”
“I don’t know. I guess I was afraid that I didn’t have what it takes for ministry.”
“Why did you go in the first place?”
“Well, I felt like God was calling me into youth ministry when I was in ninth grade.”
“So what changed? Was it you or God?”
“I am not really sure…probably me.”
“You know what I think you should do while we are on this trip?”
think that you should take every opportunity to spend time alone with
God, to seek after Him and spend time in prayer with Him. Find out if you really sense that He changed that call on your life since 9th grade. If
you really believe that He has, you need to spend time figuring out
what is next in your life.”
we arrived in Mexico, Joel introduced me to Seth Barnes…founder of AIM.
I found Seth easy to talk to; he was real, authentic. He took time to
hear my heart and my story. After talking for a while he informed me that he was going to put me in charge of prayer for those next few weeks. Without
knowing anything about the conversation I had had with Joel, Seth
shared that he had felt like I should use my time while in Mexico to
seek God and His direction for my life. Amazing! God had given both
Joel and Seth the same word for me…It was clear – I was to pray, seek
weeks were filled with great times of prayer with and for students,
leaders, ministries and the community in Matamoros. And I was
given lots of freedom to just seek God in silence and solitude.
On one of the last days there, Seth asked me to lead the morning devotional for the youth group that week. So I spent the next day seeking what God would have me share. I enjoyed ministering to the students. It rekindled what I had felt God calling me too a long time ago. I
went away from that time in Mexico with the knowledge that God had
called me to be obedient…and not worry about “measuring up”. On the way
home, I informed Joel that I planned to return to Moody.
am amazed at how God brings many of our relationships and experiences
full circle! After 13 years in student ministry…I am once again working
with AIM. Who knew! I get to minister to students by leading the Ambassador program.