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I Will Love Every Person I Encounter

On Mission with God

by STEPHANIE YOUNG

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attended “Rediscovering Evangelism” during the summer. Coming into the training, I knew what the Gospel was

and had even trained people how to share it. The first night of the training, the teacher shared that the God of the universe is on a mission pursuing those who don’t yet know Christ. She told us that God is inviting us to join him in that mission, and he has placed us exactly where he wants us — in our workplaces, families, neighborhoods, etc. — to help others come to Christ. This struck a chord deep in my heart. I realized that God was calling me personally to join him in his mission. In the past I have had the privilege of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. However, I viewed evangelism as something I “had to do.” Now, I view my life as evangelism. This change in perspective allows me to believe God has me where he wants me and to pray, “Lord, use me right here.” It has been exciting to watch God open doors over the last several months. A few weeks after the class, I met a good friend (of another religion) for coffee. To my surprise, she asked me about my spiritual journey! In that moment, I felt God was saying, “See, I’m doing it, Steph!” We’ve had some great conversations, and I’m praying she comes to know Christ. God has also put others very dear to me on my heart. I know they have questions, and I trust the Holy Spirit to lead me in those conversations. Through the class, God aligned me — heart, mind, and passion — with his plan. I know that God is already at work, and he wel-

“I viewed evangelism as something I ‘had to do.’ Now, I view my life as evangelism. This change in perspective allows me to believe God has me where he wants me and to pray, ‘Lord, use me right here.’”

comes me to join his mission. This realization has opened my eyes to how God wants to use us to reach his world.

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—Stephanie Young

Rediscovering God  

Stories of our church in 2011

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