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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Missionary (10/19/06)

TITLE: The Missionary in Me
By cindy yarger
10/19/06


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THE MISSIONARY IN ME


There are three things that my heart calls me to do. One is to write, one is to serve as a missionary, and the third is to be a mother. These are confirmed in that when I do not do them, I long to, and when I do them, I am fulfilled.
I do not know how God determines individual callings but there is great evidence that He does. It pulses in our hearts and gives passion to our motives. It is what pushes us to faith, to stepping out, to believing.
Once my feet touched foreign soil, I knew that “home” would never be the same. It is that soil that beckons me now. I have been back in the United States for two years. It is too long. By birth, I am an American, but by spirit I am an alien, a stranger, and I am called away. Called to go again, to venture forth to an unknown place, to plant my feet in a land that too, cannot be called “home”.
Some would call this sacrifice. But, because it is a calling, unique from God to me, the sacrifice is gain.


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Peggy Bennitt10/26/06
This is a great statement of faith and testimony to your life's calling. Writing for the Lord IS mission work, even on American soil. Your reference to being an alien is perfect!
Donna Haug10/26/06
That's me! Well, Canadian instead of American ... but definately alien. I hear your heart.
Jan Ackerson 10/26/06
Welcome to TaithWriters, my precious friend! Thanks for sharing this piece--if I didn't know it was yours, and had been sent on a scavenger hunt to find the piece you wrote, I'd have picked this one immediately. I hope you enjoy it here, and are encouraged by this great group of fellow believers and writers!
Jan Ackerson 10/26/06
Yikes, I meant "FaithWriters."
Lynda Schultz 10/27/06
Short, sweet and oh so true. Blessings on you.
Dolores Stohler10/27/06
I found your article interesting, if brief. We are indeed called by God to do whatever our passion is. And the Holy Spirit will trouble our conscience when we are not fulfilling our purpose. Another thought: although I love my country and have experienced moments of great happiness and fulfillment in this life,there is a yearning deep within me to go home to my Father in Heaven. There, I feel,is my true home and I've seen it in my dreams of late -indescribably beautiful cathedrals and music that fills you with a deep sense of peace.
Gregory Kane10/29/06
There is a saying that he who walks barefoot on African soil is bound to return. The businessman passes through in patent leather; but the man or woman who lets another country get under his skin is irrevocably changed. I hope you find your route back soon.
Betty Castleberry10/29/06
Welcome to Faithwriters. :0) Sounds like you have found your purpose. This is a nice piece. I just wish there was more.
Jen Davis10/29/06
Very nicely written and so true: "...when I do not do them, I long to, and when I do them, I am fulfilled." I would love to read more.
Donna Emery10/29/06
Thank you so much for writing these words. I echo them so much in my own life, for several years ago He planted a longing to be a teacher within me and I only feel fulfilled when I am teaching in some way. I appreciate your short but true testimony and I welcome you warmly to Faithwriters.
Jan Ross10/29/06
First, welcome to FaithWriters! Your words spoke my heart as well. I love the way you describe a "calling" -- the feeling of "home". I look forward to reading more of your work, hearing more of your heart, and discovering more of your passion for missions! God bless! :)
Lynda Lee Schab 10/30/06
So few words...so powerful a word! Welcome to FW. I look forward to reading more of your work.
dub W11/01/06
Powerful message in this testimony.
Sara Harricharan 11/01/06
This was great! It has a lot of potential if you ever decide to expand more. Good job!
william price11/02/06
I love honest writing. Welcome to FWs. I look forward to reading more from your heart. God bless.
david grant11/02/06
Your heart beats like a true God Lover looking to establish the city whose builder and maker is God among those who needs its shelter. Nice job. A DAVEY for your Alien heart.
jean Clarkson11/02/06
Thank you for writing about your calling. My daughter spent 3 1/2 years in Kenya with Wycliffe and met her husband to be there. He was in Africa with Samaritan's Purse. When they heard recently of an opportunity in Nairobi, they agreed that the only thing holding them here is their two little boys, one of whom needs intensive therapies due to cerebral palsy. It is awesome when God calls you, isn't it? Our "mission" right now is a women's program we are doing together in a poorer area in Flint, Michigan. We are winding up our fall class at the Eastside Mission next week.
God has a call on each of us, and we hear it when we listen, don't we?
In HIm, Jean Clarkson
Michelle Maginness11/06/06
I really like how you describe the call of a Missionary. Often, I'll feel pressure to answer an external call. You describe an internal call by God. Reading your article has helped me see I need not feel guilty if God has not called. If He calls, I'll know! Neat article. ;-)
Michelle Maginness11/06/06
I really like how you describe the call of a Missionary. Often, I'll feel pressure to answer an external call. You describe an internal call by God. Reading your article has helped me see I need not feel guilty if God has not called. If He calls, I'll know! Neat article. ;-)
Jan Ackerson 12/11/06
Hey, Cindy--sorry to contact you this way--my computer has totally crashed, and I lost all my e-mail addresses. Can you send me an e-mail, please?