OMS Outreach Jan-Apr 2013 - Page 31

photo: Hillary nurses a youth’s eye, injured in an explosion. ter as a short termer until May 2013. God called Hillary to become a nursing major at Purdue while on a short-term mission trip. During that trip, she was overwhelmed by the poverty and unsanitary conditions she saw. “During that time, I was challenged with, ‘What will you do to help? How can you bless as you’ve been blessed?’” Jesus really got a hold of Hillary’s heart after a season of rebellion in high school. She grew up in a Christian home, and her parents were good role models, but she rebelled because she hadn’t investigated her faith for herself. “I very quickly learned that the part of your heart that people try to fill with other things can only be filled by Jesus,” she shared. Hillary jumped into missions right after graduating as an RN because she wanted to be obedient. “I always knew that my calling was not to a traditional nursing job. I knew I wanted to spread His glory throughout the world, and I felt one year would be a good time to see where the Lord was calling me. Even in the short time I’ve been here, I’ve learned there’s no way I can’t be involved in missions in some way; whether it is full time overseas or by getting involved in a role at the OMS headquarters, He wants me to serve.” Hillary has experienced some of the costs and rewards of obedience. “The most rewarding part is also the most challenging part,” she said. “I’ve left all the comforts of home … I had just finished living with six awesome girls at school, saying goodbye to family and leaving my boyfriend—that was hard. But then, I’m obeying, and that is exactly what I need to do. On those hard days, I go to Him and say, ‘God, you have to be the one to carry me through and fill me because if I was doing it by myself, there’d be no way.’” One Mission Society offers a variety of one- and two-year opportunities for people to serve overseas. Whether you’re a student or in your retirement years, doing a shortterm trip is a great way to begin your engagement in missions with OMS. Hillary shares this with those considering serving, “It’s an exciting, fun opportunity that you may never get again, but it’s also a transforming experience for the kingdom of God to shine through you. Your life is demonstrating that as hard as it is, you’re willing to leave everything behind, pick up your cross and go. God’s will is not about all the things you can do for Him, but rather, who you become for Him.” If you’re interested in opportunities to serve as a short-term missionary, contact Beth Jordal at 317.888.3333, ext. 302, or 31