Don't fall in live with culture (2)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.

Key Scripture

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)

Challenge

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.

Worship became just singing songs and hoping to have an emotional experience. Click To Tweet
What I was doing was not scriptural. It wasn’t worship, genuinely. Click To Tweet

Revelation

When Gabby was going through a spiritually dry season, God revealed some deep truths to her.

I was so internally focused that I was never really focusing on Christ. Click To Tweet
God: “Regardless of the season or situation you’re in, I’m worthy of your praise.” Click To Tweet

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)

Current Ministry

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

Level Up

Spread the word. Let other people know about the ministry. Click To Tweet
If you feel called to do so, go experience what #missionaries do. Click To Tweet

Speed Round

Hindsight

Sometimes, God’s best and strongest revelations and actions come through small packages. Click To Tweet

Best Advice

Don'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

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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.

Cross-Cultural Ministry

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

New Place

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 Advice

When God has called you to something, He has equipped and will continue to equip you. Click To Tweet

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