China— a vision and a calling
I never would have expected to be going to China for missions. I had been praying about China, about serving in China, if God was calling me to China. Five years ago I first heard of China when a physician was taking a group of students to China to do heart examinations on children in the rural cities outside of Guongdong. I was interested but in more of a professional perspective, the letter of recommendation and the story to tell my medical school interviewers interested me more. I applied but did not get accepted.
A year and a half later, my church did a presentation on China, about it’s underground churches, about how a country with such a developed beach front was piggy backing off an impoverished underpaid agricultural countryside. How Christians were being persecuted, imprisoned, exiled for their faith. They sent a team but I did not go. I wanted to go, I prayed about it but God told me no, he had a different plan for me.
When I heard about Burma Missions, about the Kachin a Christian people group living in the northern Burma Hills, God tugged my heart to pursue. My heart has always been for serving. I never saw myself as much of an evangelist. God gave me a servant’s heart, to speak through my actions through my acts of love. So when I heard about the Kachin, their persecution and situation I knew in my heart this was somewhere I was being called to. It wasn’t until a month after making my commitment that I found we were going to China.
God is faithful to the vision and calling he had planted in me years ago.