I grew up in Henderson, KY, with parents who loved me and desired for me to know God. I grew up regularly attending church, and at age 10, I prayed to receive Christ. However, this was more from a heart of wanting to please my family rather than a true understanding of the gospel, or of my own sin and need for a Savior. As I grew up, I found my identity in my achievements, and struggled with trying to be good enough in each role in my life (i.e. student, daughter, and friend). As I entered college, a season of deciding what I wanted to spend the rest of life doing, I began questioning my purpose and doubting if God even existed. To me, being a Christian meant following rules in order to try to live a morally good life. I felt that I had to be good enough in order to come to God.
Toward the end of my senior year in college, I attended a church service where the pastor shared the gospel clearly at the end. He explained that we as people are broken, sinful, and in need of a Savior. Our sin separates us from a holy and perfect God, who cannot be in the presence of sin. However, God’s love for us is so great that He sent His son, Jesus, to live a perfect life and willingly die on the cross and rise again three days later. In doing this, He defeated death and made a way for us to get to God again. For the first time, I saw my own brokenness and my need for Jesus. I began spending time with God regularly for the first time in my life, and I started to understand that I could not do anything to earn God’s love for me; it is through His grace alone that He has chosen to save me. My life is not perfect, and as long as I am on this earth I will have to continue fighting against my own sinfulness and selfishness in order to live for God; However, I am reminded daily of God’s grace in my life.
I began to understand that God’s calling on my life, and on the life of every follower, is to multiply my life by sharing the gospel with those around me and making disciples who will do the same. Specifically, I began to have a burden to take the Gospel message to the nations. Romans 10:14-15 says, “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?” I remember reading these verses and sensing a call on my life to be used in this way. In 2016, I felt God was calling me to move to Mandeville, LA to be a part of starting The Field Church. I now consider Louisiana home, and I am so excited to begin interning and became more equipped and prepared for wherever God may call me in the future.
I pray that it would be a place where people see God for who He is, and count everything as loss in comparison to knowing and having Him (Philippians 3:8). I pray that we would not spend our days pursuing the pleasures of this world that will one day fade away, but that we would surrender our lives to live for God.
My desire is for our church to be burdened for and reaching those who do not have a relationship with God. I pray that we would desire for every person to have the opportunity to hear the Gospel message, here locally in Mandeville and around the world, and that we would be used to impact the nations with the spread of the Gospel.