Two and a half years ago, before I left for Africa, I felt in my spirit that this day would come. And, it has. God’s saying “Lisa, stay.” As in, stay in the USA; stop traveling and relearn life in the USA; learn what it means to have roots; serve Him here.
The hard part about staying? Expressing to my ministry partners why my staying and serving from the USA is just as important as those who are going overseas. In an organization whose majority are linguists and technical workers, finding someone who enjoys administration and is gifted in it sometimes seems the rarity.
But by serving in administration, I can let someone else stay in their role they are gifted in. I’m able to take some of the burden off our already maxed out missionaries and use the gifts God has given me. Sure, I could do administration in a foreign country, but that’s not what God’s showing me. Plus, with my added back problems, I need access to chiropractors and to lessen my travel.
So I’ve found a way to have a global impact, learn a new role (I love a new challenge in something I haven’t fully learned), and have my adventure – by moving to Texas and serving as assistant to SIL’s Associate Executive Director. While I’m sure about working with our “VP”, I’m still wondering about the Texas part sometimes. This Floridian has a lot to learn about how to integrate into Texas culture. Good thing I like Dr Pepper and bar-b-que!
I would appreciate your prayers as I continue to build a financial partnership team so I can be at the budget Wycliffe sets for me for living in the US. I’m not sure how God is going to make ends meet, but I know He is faithful and has always provided.