Over the next few years, I learned a lot. I learned a lot about missions- how it’s not just in the going but also in the living life right here, right now, wherever “here” is. I found out a lot about the needs of people around the world, though, in several different settings.
In December 2005, I went to the World Missions Summit in Louisville, Kentucky. I was surrounded by 400 missionaries from around the world and 3,000+ college students (including several friends from ASU and my sister) as we were presented with the needs for missionaries around the world. The challenge was given: give a year, and pray about a lifetime. The idea behind the challenge is simple: many college students and recent graduates have the flexibility and freedom to give a year as well as recently developed skills that could help with a big need. Whether or not God calls them to spend their lives overseas, a year is enough to give a little more perspective on the need for the rest of their lives.
By this point, I had already decided that I would use the last year of my scholarship at ASU and stay for a year instead of graduating. I wanted to invest more time in missions on my campus, and that year allowed for it.
Over the course of my last two years at ASU, I learned a lot about the needs around the world. A roommate’s church connection allowed us the privilege of hosting a couple who serves with Wycliffe Bible Translators for dinner one night, and we got to hear about progress and need in Bible Translation. A group called the Traveling Team, a mobilization team, visited Chi Alpha several times and discussed the Biblical basis for missions as well as practical things college students can do to be a part of what God is doing around the world. Katie Bailey (see her blog on the blogroll) went to the Netherlands for two years to help plant a church. I heard from several different sources about the growth of the church in India and the effectiveness of native missionaries there in multiplying churches.
Before I knew it, I was looking graduation in the face. Ok, maybe it was really 8 months away, but there’s something about being a senior (even if it is your third year as a senior) that makes May seem sooner than it ever did before! And I had some fabulous ideas about what I could do after graduating!