Often, young people think they are too young to be effective in the Kingdom, while older people feel like their time has passed. If you're being led by God towards any kind of ministry, both of those are lies.
That's why I'm happy to have Gabby Oechsle with us this week. Over the past few weeks, we've heard from several long-time ministers and missionaries. But Gabby is young; she's a freshman in college. But that doesn't mean she wasn't effective.
Last summer, she went on a missions trip to Kenya with her youth group. Many teens would be afraid to make that trip but Gabby and the rest of the group took the plane ride and saw what God was doing.
As we shared, Gabby shed light on several encounters she's had with God over the past few years.
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Life in Ministry
As I mentioned in the intro, Gabby is a freshman in college. She has a passion for music and missions. In this part of our chat, she shared one of her favorite parts of the trip to Africa.
Then the LORD said to me: Do not say, “I am only a youth,” for you will go to everyone I send you to and speak whatever I tell you. Do not be afraid of anyone, for I will be with you to deliver you. (Jeremiah 1:7-8, HSCB)
A few years ago, Gabby went through a season where she was more interested in experiences in worship than glorifying and being intimate with God. It was a very challenging time for her but God was faithful through all of it.
When Gabby was going through a spiritually dry season, God revealed some deep truths to her.
I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. (Philippians [4:11]-12 HCSB)
One thing that really excites Gabby about being in school at Lee University is the number of students who are sold out for Christ. While there, she's connected with a group that trains colleges students how to minister – to speak and encourage people.
Significance in the Marketplace
You don’t have to be in a third world country to be a missionary. Click To Tweet
When you’re at work or out getting groceries, that’s a mission field. Click To Tweet
You don’t have to be a Bible major and go fly off to Africa. Click To Tweet
Regardless of where you are, you can be a missionary. Click To Tweet
HindsightSometimes, God’s best and strongest revelations and actions come through small packages. Click To Tweet
Best AdviceDon't fall in love with the culture more than you fall in love with God. Click To Tweet
Personal Success Habit
- Staying in the Word and in constant communication with God as much as possible
Shifts in Society
Gabby suggests that we remember that people from other nations and cultures are still people with the same needs we have. The same need for Christ. Sometimes it's easy to de-personalize them and distance ourselves because we don't see them as people with a story.
Gabby reminds us that we can ask them questions and be interested in their stories and culture.People love to tell their stories Click To Tweet
Gabby would use the laptop to learn about the culture and find local ministries. Then she would use the money to invest in local ministries and help the poor.
Parting AdviceWhen God has called you to something, He has equipped and will continue to equip you. Click To Tweet
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