Sunday April 3, 2011

This morning I went to church with my parents. The service was great. I didn’t expect to see my friend Anna there today because she goes to a different church so it was a really nice surprise to see her there. After I had a short visit with Anna after the service I decided to speak with my Pastor and let him know how the interview went that I had on

My friend Anna and I


I told my Pastor that I did not understand why I was getting mixed messages about me applying with the PAOC. I told him that Murray Cornelius who is the director of the missions department told me that they don’t have any problems with missionaries networking with the PAOC. Then I told him that Darcy McAlister told me that I would need to have my PAOC credentials if they were to invite me to serve as a missionary with the PAOC. My Pastor forgot about me needing the PAOC credentials. He told me that I would need both the regional and national credentials. He asked me if I heard back or Darcy. I told him I haven’t yet so he told me to give him a week and if I don’t hear back within a week to contact him.

After I spoke to my Pastor I went over to where my Mom was in the lobby. My Mom was talking to Nito who is a good friend of ours and we have known for years. Nito asked me how I was and I started crying and told her I was a little stressed. At the end of my conversation with my Pastor I started to get a bit emotional and I tried to hold back my tears so I was already a bit emotional when I approached my Mom and Nito.

When Nito saw me stressed and start to cry she wrapped her arms around me and gave me a hug. However she didn’t just give me a quick hug but instead she held me for a few minutes and prayed for me. After she prayed for me I asked her if she knew what was going on with me applying as a missionary with the PAOC. She told me that she did a bit. I told her that I had an interview with them on Tuesday of this week but I didn’t hear back from them yet so I’m just waiting now to hear the result.

Nito then took me aside and asked me what I expect will be the result of this interview. I told her that I really do not know. Then she asked me if I believe that God has called me to serve Him as a missionary in Romania to reach out to the kids there. I told her yes, of course I do. Then Nito told me that I have to stop doubting, worrying and living by fear and start trusting in God. She then went on to tell me that I have to believe that God has already given me the victory and I am victorious in Him.

It was very encouraging to hear those encouraging words from Nito and God probably knew I needed that too. The rest of the day I relaxed at home with my family.

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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