This past week our team arrived in Asia to begin our next phase of outreach. Since being here, God has been showing us a lot of the harsh realities of what it means to live in this country and has been giving us a heart for it’s people. One special night of ministry really stood out to me though. Our team had just done an open air, and we were then headed into people’s apartments for house visits.
I was emotionally, physically, and spiritually so drained at this point in time.
We walked up the stairs, and I couldn’t help but question why God had brought me here to this place. As we sat down in this woman’s home, she began to share with us her heart. She opened up about how her daughter had just been released from the hospital due to being abused by her husband, and immediately my heart broke. We ended up being able to go to her daughter’s home and talk to her as well. As I sat there sharing my story with this woman, and how I have been through similar things, I began to realize that this is it.
This is why I am in Asia. This is why I want my life to be in missions.
Through being able to share with this woman how God can bring life and healing to the brokenness that comes with abuse, God began to stitch up wounds in my own heart as well. I began to realize that these things from my past can be used to bring life to others, and to bring life to myself. Leaving that home that night I felt such a peace in knowing that God was there and with that woman. Through sharing with this woman that she is still beautiful, and that she is still worth loving, I began to believe this to be true for myself as well. That no matter what happens in our past, God can bring healing and restoration. There will always be hope for the future.