Watching God Work; Giving Him Glory
Hi! I’m Charis, a senior studying Youth Ministries at Pensacola Christian College.
Looking back, I see that the lessons I learned during my junior year are being used of the Lord now as I travel with the Proclaim Ministry Team. As we attend a different church every day, I have realized that I need to let God receive all the glory. That is our whole purpose here on earth.
Psalm 109:27-“That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, Lord, hast done it.” This verse describes my junior year at PCC perfectly. At the beginning of the fall semester, the Lord put a burden on my heart to get involved in a rescue mission in town. There were no Christian service opportunities for the rescue mission at the time, so I met with the director of Christian Service with my burden. He helped me put my ideas to action, and we started going once a month to a women’s rescue mission in Pensacola. I have learned so much from working with the women, and the Lord has continually reminded me that I need His grace and mercy just as much as those alcoholic and drug-addicted women. I initially thought that the burden God had given me was for my life after college; however, I am so thankful that the Lord allowed me to start working with the women at the mission now. It has enabled me to understand the workings of a rescue mission and has helped me become aware of some struggles that I might have to face in my future ministry in a rescue mission.
When the beginning of the spring semester rolled around, the Lord placed another burden on my heart. This time it was to work in a children’s home. Once again, I approached the Christian Service director to discuss the possibilities of getting into a local children’s home. After a couple days of praying that the Lord would open the door, the director informed me that we would be able to go to a children’s home in a nearby city.
The first Friday night we went I was extremely nervous and unsure about what would happen. However, I had seen how the Lord had opened the door, and I knew that if He had gotten us that far, then I could trust Him for the next step. The Lord is so good! We were able to teach the eight kids in the children’s home a Bible story, sing some songs, learn a verse, and then play some games. Because I knew that these kids didn’t have a strong Christian background and might not know what true love was, I made it my goal to share with them Christ’s love.
By the end of the semester, we had heard at least five of the kids give their salvation testimony. Once again, the Lord has provided me an opportunity to get involved in doing what I was planning to do after college. This practical experience has opened my eyes to many things, but mostly to the fact that college is not just a time to sit in class and learn, but to use what I’m learning in class to help me better serve those to whom I minister whether that is the women at the rescue mission, the kids at the children’s home, or even my roommates. God has taught me to be still and wait for His timing, and then, when He decides to work, to give Him all the glory for it. My desire is for the world to know that God is the one who has accomplished everything.
To God be the glory!0