Over winter break I had the privilege of joining 75 other students from VTXA at the winter conference SALT in Athens, Georgia. SALT was a gathering of other Chi Alpha groups located in the southeast region of the United States. There were morning and evening services, informative and eye-opening midday breakout sessions, and a prayer room with fiery prayer open throughout the day.
Often while at these types of conferences, I hear from other students that they don’t really have any expectations for the weekend or the conference. However, I had a specific expectation: for God to give me some clear confirmation for my future. Flashback to one year ago at the World Missions Summit where I answered the call to give a year back to Jesus through missions. I really felt the Lord calling me to give a year but I did not want to commit to something unless the Lord spoke to me specifically. I did not want to commit to something based solely on my emotions.
So what did I do? I prayed. I prayed for direction. I prayed for wisdom. I prayed for conviction. I prayed for a year wrestling with God about where I would be giving at least a year to missions after I graduate. And the night God spoke clearly was the last night of SALT.
I was walking back from the prayer room with a great friend of mine, Nick Huber, to the final evening service. We had been discussing what we were going to do after we graduate. We had even jokingly said we were going to drop out of school and bring the Gospel to a mission field somewhere. As we were walking to the final evening session I distinctly felt there would be something different about tonight. I believed with a firm conviction that God was going to clear things up.
At the end of the service during an alter call, I was up front praying for other students. A pastor got on stage and said he felt God wants to clear up some people’s future tonight. Immediately I look to my right and me and Nick exchanged looks with each other. We prayed for each other, and directly after praying it was made clear as day to me. I know for sure that God is a God of the individual and knows exactly what each individual needs spoken to or ministered to them in that moment. I don’t know how to explain it in any words other than the Lord spoke and I just knew it was Him. I would be giving a year in missions back to where I had been poured into, Virginia Tech Chi Alpha. In a way, I had felt the calling to give a year back to VTXA all along, but the timing and revelations I received that night could only be God.
To put it simply, I want to pour myself out for people for the sake of the Gospel. I know the Lord has spoken and I will answer the call. Whether I am at Virginia Tech for one year or for many years, I pledge to make my life about bringing people to the place of encountering Jesus. I just pray and hope that when I encounter people I can help them encounter Jesus. If I could accomplish one thing in my life that would be it.
Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. Habakkuk 2:2-3