During my junior year of high school, God convicted me and instilled a passion for missions. I did not know what that meant or where I could go, but I remember praying to be used in any capacity. Fast forward to now, and I have been on five trips, both locally and globally. God has truly opened my eyes to the brokenness of this world and the privilege we have to walk in partnership with Him in it. I have a zealous heart for missions and I believe everyone should, as well—whether you send or go. Just as Matthew 28: 18-20 shares, "18 Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'” Therefore, we must go to the ends of the earth sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

In the beginning of this school year, I had the opportunity to lead a local missions trip through Biola’s student missionary union (SMU). My co-leader and I led a team of 7 girls to San Diego, California. Originally, we were supposed to do a women’s ministry, but God steered us in a completely different direction when we got to San Diego. There, we ended up working with refugee families and children—teaching and worshipping with them, and learning about Jesus together. This experience changed my life. I have such a big heart for refugee ministry now and have learned that there is so much more we can be doing in our daily lives.

This summer, I went to China to serve with Shepherd’s Field, a special-needs orphanage. Again, I was supposed to go in doing a different task than I ended up doing, but God used my time there to humble and walk alongside me. My job was to wheelbarrow from 8am-5pm. This was not my expectation but the Lord gave me so much joy doing it for Him and His beautiful children. I was able to connect and grow relationships with the staff and kids, and I would not change it for the world!

I share this with you in hopes that God may ignite a fire to share the Gospel—whether that may be locally or globally. We are all called to fulfill the Great Commission! It is not easy following the calls of God, but it is so sweet and rewarding.