Today’s blog post is from one of our recently-accepted long-term missionaries, Kristen Lynch, who will be going with us to El Salvador!
It has been a long time since I have written a blog. I am thrilled to share some pretty big news!
As many of you already know, I have been accepted and approved to be a long-term missionary to El Salvador with Christ For the City International (CFCI). WOOHOO! This is something that I have spent several months praying about, so to know that I have officially been approved is just a reminder of the faithfulness of our God.
During the last several months, I struggled with uncertainty. There were many answers I didn’t have and I didn’t know what to do about it. It felt like everyone had an opinion about who I was choosing to follow and they weren’t always supportive opinions. Many people thought I was making a big mistake and that I should’ve gone to college rather than doing missions, while others, who really knew me and the God I serve, were in full support. There were many times when my emotions were too much for me to handle. I wanted to run away from all the stress, but God was faithful! My stress and emotions were not too much for Him. No matter what I was feeling or thinking, God stayed with me every step of the way. I struggled with my age- feeling like, if I said ‘yes’ to God’s plan for me, I would be saying ‘no’ to furthering my education.
Even though I knew God was calling me to the mission field, there were still times when I wanted to give in to the temporary things. In Genesis 25, there’s a really powerful example of how quickly we as humans give in when we don’t think we can wait any longer.
Genesis 25:29-34 (NIV):
“Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?” But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.”
At first glance, this passage seems a little strange. My first thought was “why did God include a story about soup in the Bible?” Well, here’s why:
Back in those days, the birthright was HUGE. The firstborn son was to receive it and it meant that he would receive the largest inheritance, the authority over the family, and some other big things once the father passed. When Esau gave up his birthright for some soup (a temporary satisfaction), he was literally giving away his right to everything the first born son (Esau) was promised- he was giving up part of his purpose and God’s gift for his life.
Maybe to some people this doesn’t seem like a huge deal, but take a look at Exodus 3:5 (NIV):
“I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” (italics added)
You know what God would have said if Esau hadn’t chosen to give up his birthright so many years before? He would have said He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Esau. Wow.
I don’t know about you, but that makes me want to hold onto every gift and word I receive from God. I’m not going to give up anything I receive from God just for temporary satisfaction.
I really want to encourage all of you to just keep going. Keep holding on to God’s promise for your life. Keep fighting the temptation to give in to the temporary things. Trust that God’s timing is the best timing and that He has not and will not forget about you. He is in the process of “weaving a beautiful tapestry” that includes you!!! Don’t sell out!!
Wait. God will come through. He is working things out for your good right now. Trust Him.
I am so happy to say that I didn’t give in. I didn’t let stress and emotions get the best of me. I trusted that God would reveal what needed to be revealed in His timing. I trusted that I wasn’t and wouldn’t be forgotten. Knowing that I held on to God- trusting and believing Him, makes my current journey even more amazing. If I hadn’t gone through the battle I went through, I wouldn’t be near as grateful and in awe of God as I am today.
So much has happened since November 2015, but, to summarize, I am now in the process of raising support as a long-term missionary with CFCI and I am also taking online classes with Moody Bible Institute to earn a Bachelor of Science in Theology and Cultural Engagement, which I will be able to continue to do even when I move to El Salvador. Did I mention God is faithful? He is providing a way for me to be on the mission field while earning a degree. How cool is that?!
Aside from this blog, I would love to send newsletters and updates to all of you about how things are going through the process of getting to El Salvador as a long-term missionary! If you would like to receive emails, newsletters, or even a phone call and a time to get together and talk, please let me know via email, phone, or facebook! I would love to hear from you and share more information with you about what I’ll be doing in El Salvador and about life in general.
Thanks so much for reading! I pray that all of you will be encouraged by the knowledge that God is working in and through your life right now as you’re reading this. He is with you and He is for you! Never forget that!