I’ve haven’t posted on my blog for a couple of weeks as I’ve been away for more nights than I’ve been home. Because I was curious, I counted it. For the first 6 weeks of this year I’ve slept in my own bed for 15 nights. Fifteen. Only 15 times!
Fourteen of those nights I spent in Sydney for the first part of WEC’s Candidate Orientation (CO). This is the training process you go through in order to join WEC long term. The outcome of the two weeks took me by surprise.
Looking back, I don’t really remember consciously saying yes to wanting to join WEC, it just kind of happened. So prior to the two weeks I had been praying and asking the Lord if this was even something He wanted me to do. I have a habit of jumping into things and saying yes to the adventure, and then later wondering if that was the best idea. So this time I wanted to be sure. But before I even finished asking the question, “God do you want me to do CO with WEC?”, I felt him say yes. It wasn’t an audible voice, but more a strong sense deep within me. I then proceeded to give Him reasons why I didn’t think it was a good idea. I found myself thinking, I’m so young, I’ve got so much baggage. Others are way more qualified, I would fear, forgetting my identity. Then there were practical thoughts. It’s going to cost a bit of money and time, is this wise? But every excuse I threw at Him was, when I considered, just a personal fear or concern. Having this clear answer was comforting and powerful. And so I arrived in Sydney with great peace that I was exactly where I was meant to be.
We started off the two weeks thinking about our expectations, and I discovered I was desperate to learn more about WEC, myself, but most of all, God. And wow oh wow, did that happen!
When I first started as an intern a year ago, I was told that WEC sees itself as one big family, and I have to say, that’s really how it feels. Going up to the WEC headquarters in Sydney felt like going to visit my family. One of my absolute highlights was hosting a number of these ‘family members’- past and present WEC missionaries – to meals. The six of us doing the training were then able to ask a number of questions and hear their stories and wisdom from years in the field. Time and time again we were told about how God provided for His people when by human standards all looked bleak. I was inspired and encouraged by their amazing testimonies and what God is able to do through a person’s life when they surrender all to Jesus. These people are amazing, not because of their own achievements and accomplishments, although they are great people, but because they are serving an all-powerful God who can use broken vessels for His glory (2 Corinthians 4:7).
Hearing these stories and learning more about the structure, history and core of WEC, I am excited about joining an organisation that is so focused on Christ. Their vision, to see Christ known, loved and worshipped by the unreached peoples of the world, flows into every aspect of their ministry.
Starting each morning as a group and seeking to know Christ more, was such a powerful way to begin the day. I journaled and prayed on the first morning we were there, for more of God. That I would know what it means to live fully, filled with God as my living water (John 4). Whilst I’m not there yet, being away from my usual places and deliberately seeking God’s face brought me so much joy and life. I want to end with this verse as it sums up my time away rather well.
“Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart;
Don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for GOD’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
He’s the one who will keep you on track,
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to GOD!”
– Proverbs 3:5-7 MSG
Thank you so much for joining me on this journey!