Two years ago I was in my last year of college. The summer before the year started, I was researching social work graduate school options. I had found one at the University of Michigan where along with classes and work toward a master’s degree which would allow me to spend two years overseas working with the Peace Corps. I was so excited, because during my spring break trip to Haiti the semester before, I was very interested in working overseas, at least for a time. This combined this interest and getting my master’s degree. So I applied the following February and waited to hear.
A couple months later in April I received the email which told me whether I was accepted or not, my stomach was in knots, I open the email and the letter attached, it told me that they did not accept me. I was devastated. I was so excited for this opportunity. However, I prayed and I realized I was focused in my dream and what I wanted to do, not what God wanted to do. I decided to not go to grad school and figure out what God’s plan for me was and my next step.
I was working a part time job at a YMCA, where I worked the past few summers. I also was looking up different options and just trying to get out of there and move out of my hometown. One day I was talking to a reverend that comes to the YMCA every day, he is older and suffers with dementia, we were having a great conversation, and I had a realization (which was totally unrelated to the conversation). This man was still spreading God’s love and sharing the Gospel, even though he is struggling with dementia and some things in his life. I need to be doing the same thing where I currently am.
So once I came to this, I became much happier and more open to opportunities to share God’s love where I was at. I still was seeking God’s will, but not spending as much time on it. During this time, I applied to the Peace Corps. I turned in my application in October and spent the next few months waiting to hear. I finally had an interview at the end of February. After the interview, however, I knew that this wasn’t what God had planned for me. And in March, I found out they did not have a spot for me. I was still disappointed, not that they did not have a spot for me, but I was still figuring out my next step.
Meanwhile between the time of the interview and hearing from the Peace Corps, I was searching through other opportunities. I applied to the AmeriCorps and another program called City Vision. City Vision is a program similar to AmeriCorps, but it places you with ministry and Christian-based programs. I finished my application for City Vision and they sent my application to other ministries. I was working on my AmeriCorps application when I started getting calls from ministries. I talked to three or four of them, but I know they were not where I was meant to be. And I got a call from Walking Faith Ministry. And that is how I ended up here in Houston.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Once I put all my faith about my future in God, He delivered. He put this ministry in my path, and He did it in his own timing.
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