This May, right after school gets out, I will be going on a mission trip to Peru. The trip is through Southern and is being sponsored by the Computer Science club. The unique thing about this mission trip is that its primary purpose is not to preach sermons, do medical work, or to do construction work. While we are definitely doing some of all of these things, the primary purpose of this trip is to setup new computer labs at two different Adventist schools in the Cusco Region of Peru. We are setting up the computers so that the students are able to use the computers during the day, and also so the lab can be used as an internet café in the evenings. We are hoping that the school can generate enough money by letting the public use the computers to sustain the lab. It is a unique opportunity that we have to use our skills as computer science majors to serve others.
This weekend we are having our orientation meetings for the trip. While a lot of the information I’ve already heard and experienced firsthand while going on overseas mission trips in high school, I did enjoy getting to spend some extra time thinking and relaxing on Sabbath.
After talking about the trip, and hearing stories about people that have spent long period of times as missionaries, I started thinking about what God’s plan is for my life. Every once in a while, I get inspired and start thinking about going as a student missionary for a year or maybe serving as a missionary when I get out of college, but later, I realize that I continue to get stuck in the apathetic, self-seeking American culture. I always think of excuses and reason of why I shouldn’t do missionary work. While I don’t feel a strong individual call to go as a missionary, I do feel like every Christian is called to further His Kingdom.
Knowing God’s plan for me is a struggle that I continue to face, like I’m sure we all do. I feel like God has blessed me with talent in the areas of math and computer science, but I’m not sure how I can put those skills to use to further His work. I fear a life of working only to make money and satisfy my own desires. I strive for something more, but it’s hard for me to see the big picture coming together while I am still in college getting my degree. I am reminded of the well-known passage in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” As long as I always remember to trust in and acknowledge Him, He will make clear for me what He wants me to do in life. And I know He will do the same for you.