A little over six months ago we had our biannual day of fasting and prayer at Military Ministry. The scripture verse for that day was John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice; I know them and they follow me.”
For one hour we had time for personal prayer and I took the time to talk to God and listen. I felt prompted to ask God about my work with Military Ministry and how long He wanted me to continue serving as a missionary. When I first came on staff I committed to two years and I was at 3.5 at that point.
Clear as I bell, I felt God say, “Six months.” I audibly gasped. Wait. Did I hear that right? I loved my job at Military Ministry and I could not imagine anything else I would rather be doing.
It was a few weeks later that God started putting it on my heart to write this book, “Hope” and the day before Easter Sunday, my author’s manuscript was completed. It’s in the final editing process right now and should be published by June!
I was reflecting on all of this after Mass the week before last. As I sat in the adoration chapel, I thanked God for all of the provision in my life and the countless ways He has blessed me. April marked the six month since that day of prayer, and I couldn’t help but smile at the “coincidence.” The Gospel reading at Mass that day was none other than John 10. “My sheep hear my voice; I know them and they follow me.”
“Lord, I know what you told me about Military Ministry back in October. Please speak to me and tell me what you want me to do,” I prayed.
I closed my eyes, listened and felt God say, “The time to leave Military Ministry is now.”
My heart skipped a beat. Maybe I just made that up. “Are you sure, Lord?” I asked. But again I felt him say, “The time to leave is NOW.”
It would be nice if I could say that was all I needed to hear, but my mind was racing. “What about the money? Paying bills? I don’t have any job or income coming in, how are we going to make ends meet?” I pressed.
I felt God say clearly, “Lay it all down. Have I not already provided for you?”
“Yes, Lord,” I answered a bit sheepishly.
“Then trust me,” He said. I felt a peace wash over me, and I knew that I could absolutely trust God.
I talked to Tyler and we both agree that obeying God is always the right thing to do, so this June I will officially end my time as a full-time missionary with Military Ministry. It is an incredibly exciting (and also a bit scary!) time as I transition to where I sense God calling me – a more intentional ministry sharing a message of hope to all people. This lines up perfectly with the book God has laid on my heart to write about “Hope.”
The somewhat scary part is that I don’t have anything lined up in regards to a job, but God has made it very clear that I am to take this step of faith, not to worry about money and to be obedient to what he shows me step by step. Had I not already witnessed how God has supernaturally provided for me through people like you, this would be a much more difficult decision. But I know that God is faithful to His word, and if He is calling me to something new, He will provide for me!
It is hard to believe that I have been a full-time missionary for 4 years this April. Time sure does fly by and I feel so blessed to have been able to serve our Nation’s heroes! Your support, prayers and financial support over the years has truly been an answer to prayer and I am so blessed and thankful for each of you!
I’m not sure where God will lead me, but if you would like to stay connected with me as I transition to this next chapter of life, that would be wonderful and I would love to keep in touch!
May God bless you abundantly, and I will send out my final “Rachel’s Reflections” in a month!