One big ‘yes’, threw open the door to many more.
When you’re a mom to a 7 year old, 4 year old and 18 month old, your mission field is often within the walls of your home. Wiping up spills, drying tears and getting kids to bed only by the grace of God. So, when Heather saw the opportunity for a Hosanna! missions trip to Ethiopia, she felt God speaking – asking her to say yes to a new adventure.
Some questioned her decision. She’d never been on a missions trip before and her kids were so young. But, Heather didn’t falter and neither did God. He provided financially – she received double the amount of money she needed to cover her costs. He provided childcare through a friend who agreed to step in and “mom” the kids while she was abroad. And, He provided Heather with a community that supported her along the way.
God walked with Heather during her trip – enriching her words when she prayed over those in need and lighting her path through the darkest moments. She encountered God all over the place – through trip leadership, the Ethiopian people, and the prayers of the Holy Spirit spoken through her. She heard God more clearly than ever before and came back home on fire for the Lord.
When she returned, God continued to move in Heather’s heart. It wasn’t too long before she felt Him asking her to say yes again. Without hesitation, she jumped in and joined Prayer Team #1. Coming alongside Hosanna! members in prayer has been a powerful experience, one that wouldn’t have happened without Ethiopia.
This fall, Heather is once again saying yes to God’s call – this time to the Youth Ministries Prayer Team. As she says it, “I’m so thankful I said ‘yes’ back in 2013. God definitely has a plan for me. I feel like it’s just begun!”.