“I have done a lot of mission trips, and they have all impacted me differently, but I was pushed most out of my comfort zone when I was working as an interpreter in Colombia. During that trip, every day was both the best and worst day of my life because there was so much stress and pressure. The first day we got there, we found that nobody spoke both English and Spanish except for me. And after just meeting the pastor, Guillermo, we got into a car and drove for three hours, without any clue as to where we were actually going. Everyone wanted to know what was going on, and I was trying to listen and translate, the best I could. And the whole time I was just thinking, “Lord, if this is where I die. It’s okay… So, we drove for three hours up into the mountains, and as soon as we got there, the pastor was like, ‘You preach now.’ Ryan Smith starts preaching to the kids in English, and I’m just trying to keep up while translating it into Spanish. And I am just like crying and translating, like, ‘Lord, help me!’ It was just crazy! I remember feeling so upset afterwards too, because I felt like I did so terribly. But Guillermo came up and gave me a big hug, and said, ‘I don’t know why you think that the lord can’t speak through you, because he is and he has. Just your presence here has proven the Lord is answering prayers.’
I know God has given me these gifts to use, but actually getting out there and using them isn’t easy. But I know, even if I mess up the words, God is still going to come through with the message. Because, it’s the Holy Spirit that truly speaks, not me. God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the call.”
Josie is a staff writer at the Daily Runner.