Hello, my name is Sarah and this is my adventure. I am writing this blog in order to share with people what I am doing with my life right now. I am senior at Indiana Wesleyan University getting my undergrad degree in Children’s Ministry with a minor in Psychology. As it is my senior year, I am trying to find out what God wants to do with my life after IWU.
Since I was a little girl I had always wanted to travel and see the world, to see what life was like outside of the bubbles of my family, my town, my state, my country, outside of my everyday normal life. Last semester I was able to do just that. I had the amazing opportunity to spend four months of my college career at an international school in Klaipeda, Lithuania. I got to take classes, that while the instruction was in English sometimes I was the only one in the class to have English as my first and only fluent language. I lived with girls from Moldova and Ukraine. I got to take weekend trips to Denmark, Ireland, Poland, Latvia and Estonia. I spent my spring break in Russia in the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg.
I got to be exposed to worldviews and cultures that were extremely different from my own, that I never would have experienced if I had not left my bubble. Don’t get me wrong, I love my bubble and the people who are in my life. I missed my family and my friends that I have here deeply while I was gone. But it has been difficult to come back and notice things about how things are here that I had not noticed or thought much of before.
Part of me thought that by studying abroad I would get my fix of what life is like outside of America, out of my bubble. I thought that would be good enough for me and then I could just come back and enjoy where I am. And as much as I am learning to be present where I am for now, I do not feel like this is where I will stay. I have spent many hours in prayer and talking to mentors and I think I know what I am supposed to eventually do after I get done with my degree here at IWU.
A few years ago I heard about an organization called Wycliffe Bible Translators. It is a Christian missions organization that strives to translate and provide God’s Word to people groups all over the world that do not have the Bible in a language that they fully understand. There are about 7,000 known languages that are used today, around 1800 of these languages do not have a translation of the Bible. That’s about 180 million people who are not able to read the Bible in their own language.
When I was nine years old, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. When I was 15, I spontaneously decided that I wanted to be baptized at the church camp I went to the summer before I started high school. I decided that I wanted to try to my best ability to live my life for Christ, sometimes that has led to some difficult decisions and letting go of things, people and desires that were not what God wanted for me, and sometimes I made mistakes. When I was a senior in high school I felt like I was being called to Children’s Ministry, I loved to teach children about God and tell them stories from the Bible. So that is what I decided to major in in college. I have been able to learn and grow in my faith in God during my time in college.
I have decided that I want to eventually work with Wycliffe Bible Translators as a Scripture Engagement Specialist. With this job I would teach people in communities that are getting the Bible translated how to understand what it says and how to best teach it to the people in their cultures. This would combine my love of God, love of people and love of exploring new places and cultures.
I have a long way before I reach this goal, but I am working toward getting there. A few weeks ago I sent in my application for a summer graduate program at Canada Institute of Linguistics. I want to get my masters degree in Applied Linguistics and Exegesis and I would start by taking some basic linguistics classes this summer at CanIL. Last night, I got an email saying that I have been accepted to this program. I am very excited about this because now at least I know what I will be doing immediately after graduation and I will be able to take another step toward what I feel like God wants me to do.
I am also trying to start the process of joining Wycliffe Bible Translators as a member. Because it is a missions organization, before I can apply to be a member, I have to have a sending church. That means that I need a church that will send me to do missions through Wycliffe. I am still trying to work this out, I have a few churches that I have been involved in but I need to talk to them about whether or not they would want to commit to sending me.
Right now, as I am wrapping up this post, I want to ask anyone who is reading this to become my prayer partners. Please pray with me that I will be able to get the right church to be my sending church so that I can join Wycliffe. Please pray with me that I will be able to accept whatever action that God calls me to. Please pray with me that I will follow God’s plan and not my own as I continue on this adventure.