Justin, what are you doing this summer?
I just got back from FOCUS New Staff training in Bismark, ND. It was for 5 weeks. Now I am fundraising my salary.
How did you hear about this opportunity?
I heard about serving as a FOCUS missionary from the missionaries here on campus. It started with Asaph. I met him when I was lost and spiritually didn't know who I was. Asaph invited me into a Bible Study and into a fellowship. Then Didde's Awakening Retreat sparked a fire in my belly that is still burning. I was then able to make an impact as a student by leading my own Bible Study.
Why did you decide to use your summer in this way?
Those experiences with Asaph, Awakening, and leading others inspired me to make the radical decision to be a missionary and fundraise my own salary and rely on others. I graduated with my degree in recreation but I decided to pursue missionary work because giving the love of Jesus is so important.
What have you learned?
I've learned what it means to be a missionary. I've learned about human formation and the importance and weight of character. I need to be a good human being because students will model my way of life. I have to pay attention to what I consume (food or entertainment) because it all affects my soul. What am I filling my time with? Prayer or crappy television and sports? I've learned the importance of prudence and temperance and living a balanced life. I watch more sports than I should, but I can still watch sports. I just have to find the happy medium within everything I do.
I've also learned the importance of having fellowship with other men. You're not going to thrive well if you don't. Men rely on each other.
What is your favorite part?
Fundraising my salary.
I never thought that it would be something I would particularly enjoy. I have to call random people, some whom I don't know. But going into someone's home and sharing what the Lord has done for me, sharing my testimony- it's so powerful.
Fundraising my salary has also made me radically trust in the Lord and my fundraising is evidence that He does provide. If I hold up my end of the deal by calling and meeting with people, He will provide.
And I like people, so it doesn't really bother me. I just got to get them to meet with me.
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