Lauren Kate Carter, Mississippi College
I am finally in Canada and loving every bit of it! If you have never been to Canada, it is a unique and diverse place. It has its own character and it is different from any other place I have ever been. It is a place where I can feel and see the Holy Spirit working. The Lord is at work in major ways here.
We’ll start with a couple facts I learned in orientation:
1. Canada is a young country. 151 years old on July 1, 2018, to be exact.
2. Toronto is home to 7 million people, 60% not native to the land, and 4% of those are evangelical Christians.
One of the missionaries who spoke to us described Canada as, “A city trying to be good without God.” The moment this came out of his mouth, my heart was broken. There are so many different false regions people pour their lives into, yet every single one is empty and false. Why? Because without God, they have nothing. Without God, they will experience a hopeless life, directing them into more brokenness and shame. Without God, their foundation is very unstable, for a fountain not built on the Lord will fall. My heart was broken, yet God gave me a spirit of peace. He began to speak, “Lauren Kate, this is where I will use you.” All this to say, I have already seen and experienced the multicultural characteristic of Canada, and it is a beautiful thing God has allowed me to see.
The past few days we have been here, my team has been learning how to share the gospel in different contexts and situations. I have learned so much about other people’s beliefs and how to create a bridge to Christianity. As you might have had experience in this, it can get overwhelming at times. But it is crucial that we remember that we are just sharing the story of Jesus while the Holy Spirit is the power that is actually working in the person’s heart. I forget that at times, but the Lord reminds me of it when fear steps in the way. I have been praying 2 Timothy 1:7 over my life since I began training for this on June 7th. It says, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” This verse is so powerful and has been on my mind for a while now. My team starts our evangelism walks this coming Monday. Pray that our team shares the gospel with confidence and joy, and pray for the hearts of those who hear.
The Lord has been at work. As He always has been and always will be. I am blown away by the faithfulness of God bringing me to see His unique creation here in Canada, and to share the loving story of Jesus. The missionaries we are helping said yesterday, “Success is not based on worldly numbers, but the measure of success is based on being faithful to the Lord.” When he said this, it really spoke to my heart. In many areas of my life, at times I measure success based on worldly numbers or visions - whether that’s my success in sports, school, or my job. However, the measure of success is based on being faithful to the Lord and letting Him use you to bring glory to his name. We all want to see the fruit grow, but what if you are called to just plant and water the seed?
In Acts 3, it talks about how while Peter and John are walking to the temple, they are interrupted by a beggar who was crippled. The beggar asked for money, and Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have, I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Then as Peter took his hand to help him up, the man’s feet and ankles became strong. The Bible says he “went walking and jumping, praising the Lord. And the people around were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.” (Acts 3:1-26) All this being said, I pray over my time here that I remind myself of the power of the Holy Spirit to move in lost people’s lives. I pray that the Holy Spirit helps me find those who have needs greater than I can meet so they can then find God. If you haven’t read this story, it is moving and encouraging. Peter and John knew and were confident in the power of God.
Proverbs 3:28 says, “Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you’— when you already have it with you.” This verse is very powerful and another prayer of mine… that I will share intentionally and instantly with the ones God gives me. That my obedience is sharp and responsive the moment God calls me. This summer is going to allow me to grow and be challenged. I cannot wait to see what the Lord does here and what He shows me. I challenge you to make today count. Be in communication with the Lord and obey His calling. Thank you all for the encouragement and continuous prayer! It makes my heart full of Joy!
1. Confidence in God’s word to share with the lost.
2. My team. That we continue to encourage each other, and keep our minds on the mission.
3. For the hearts of those who hear the gospel.
4. That fear would not stop me. 2 Timothy 1:7
5. For the local Christian churches and long-term missionaries here.