Happy Easter! Actually, Happy 4th Week of Easter! Yesterday, we heard Jesus say, “My sheep hear My Voice; I know them, and they follow Me” (Jn 10:27). The most important part about being a missionary is our own relationship with Jesus. We cannot preach Him if we do not know Him, and we cannot adequately invite others into a relationship with Him if we do not love Him.
Part of loving the Lord is to do His Will. Jesus says that, as His sheep, we will hear His Voice. He has a plan for each of our lives, and He would not be a loving God if He did not let us in on that plan. In order to hear His Voice, we need to spend time in quiet prayer and read the Scriptures.
Shortly after arriving in the Phillipines in January, I begin to receive both in personal prayer and the Scriptures a consistent message: Return to your own land. After this kept happening, I spoke about it with my team leader. We were about to go on a team discernment retreat in regards to ministry for the year. There, the Lord would reiterate going home over and over again. I corresponded with those in leadership positions in FMC, and I proceeded to take more time to pray, offering up my Divine Mercy Novena for discernment. Jesus continued to speak clearly, and this coming Friday, April 22, I make my way back to the U.S.
The word missionary comes from a Latin word which means “sent.” The One we are sent by is Jesus. He originally sent out His disciples saying, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt 28:19-20). Pray for me please, as the nation He sends me to this time is my own.
I have loved my time in the Philippines on Camiguin Island tremendously. My time with the wonderful people here has been such an amazing blessing. I have already begun the good bye’s, which is never an easy process. And while it saddens my heart to leave this paradise of a place, the first love of my life is God, and I have to follow Him, wherever and however He should lead me.
So…pray for me please! I’m flying back to Louisiana, our FMC home base, to pray and discern what adventure the Lord has in store for me next. I’ll be in touch with benefactors soon to explain what you can do, if you’d like to keep supporting the mission I’ve served at in the Philippines. Amazing works that truly glorify God and help His people are being done here. I am so grateful that I’ve been allowed to take part in it. Thank you all for everything. May God bless you.
“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will hear you. You will seek Me and find me; when you seek Me with all your heart, I will be found by you, says the Lord”(Jeremiah 29:11-14).
Jesus, I trust in You.