When Rebecca* was sent, by the voluntary organisation she joined aged 18, to a country in Southeast Asia, little did she know that she was destined to spend a significant portion of her life in that country.
She later returned there to serve as a literacy worker for minority language groups. Rebecca has recently reached her ten-year milestone with Wycliffe.
‘In my case, God used a combination of ‘push’ and ‘pull’ factors to get me to apply to become a full-time missionary. The ‘push’ factors included dissatisfaction with my career and prospects, and a lack of desire to settle down into what I saw as a mundane life. The ‘pull’ factors included longing to see the country where I had spent my gap year; hankering after adventure, travel, challenge and excitement; and my training at Bible school which had focused on missions.’
Working overseas isn’t always easy. Here’s Rebecca again:
‘By nature, I am an individual pioneer type. However, God had plans to mould me into more of a team player. He sent me to a highly group-oriented culture, and I had to adjust. One small example of this is having colleagues who love to seek an occasion to all dress the same. Even if the prescribed outfit or colour everyone agrees upon looks awful on me, I still have to wear it!’
Praise God that Rebecca has known God’s peace and abundance though the past decade:
‘The Lord has enabled me to weather many storms during my time on the mission field and I have discovered the peace that comes with personal and spiritual growth. This is part of what Jesus meant when he said that he has come to give us “life, and life more abundantly” (John 10:10).’
- for Rebecca to continue to become a better team player, recognising and maximising her strengths
- for what God is doing through literacy work amongst the people of South East Asia
- for us all to be receptive to the different ways that God speaks to us; that we may hear and obey whenever he calls and however he asks us to serve.
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*Names changed for security reasons