When I attended Church camps in high school, there was a strong emphasis that EVERYONE is called to international missions. There was an incredible amount of pressure to place a push pin to the map where God was calling you. I started to place my push pin on Africa. Everyone seems to be called to Africa… Eventually I didn’t even participate in this activity because I didn’t feel called to international mission. I felt guilt and shame because I seemed to be the only one in the room that was interested in only local missions.
Not much of a plan, other than trying to get my M.R.S. degree, I enrolled in McMurry University. I only applied to McM. I thought I would find my husband and the degree wouldn’t be so important. As time progressed, my education became important to me. I found that I really love Sociology. A common phrase I often say is “I just want to love on people.” Not having known what Sociology was, I found a degree that can allow me to “love on people.”
2 ½ years at McM has taught me a lot like I am worth an education. I can use my education to empower others and myself. I can use my education to “love on people.” McM has provided oppourtunities for me that I could never imagine. I had zero desire to participate in international trips. In January, I went with the School of Business to London and had a blast. Well, I told God if that trip went well, I would go to India. Now, India was a little different. I didn’t feel called to India. I just wanted to go. Well, I had a great time in London, so the following July I went to India with McMurry in Motion.
I wasn’t prepared for how much I love India. If you don’t know, God’s children are in India. I met them, “loved on them,” and they loved on me. I am planning to return to India for six months starting in February. I could not be more excited! I’ll be working with Life Light Ministries (check out their Facebook page!)
I’m honest in saying that no one has been hard on me for being a single woman. I’m even more honest that being single has been hard on me. I want someone to “love on.” If I was married right now, there would be little chance that I’d be listening to God’s call for me to “love on His children in India.”
My time at McM has been a blessing. Thanks to my lifegroup and Mandy Hale, author of The Single Woman, I embrace being sassy. I am excited for the next chapter in my life. PLEASE be praying that I continue to listen to God’s call even when it’s tough, that I embrace my sassiness, and pray for Life Light Ministries.