Hi, my name is Ryan class of ’14. I’ve always had a burden to bring the hope of Christ to the poor, broken, and less advantaged. It was at Summit that this became a deeper cry in my heart and where I developed an idea of how I could effectively minister to hurting people. This summer I had the privilege of going to a ministry someone told me about called City of Refuge. They’re in Medellin, Colombia and they do exactly what I want to do (and more); they teach and train people to be godly men and women but also show them how to work in many different fields so they can find work after the one year program.
I want to start a ministry like that myself but during my visit I learned I’ve been pursuing this idea the wrong way. God doesn’t want us to pursue our dreams trying to honor Him in them; He wants us to pursue His dreams! In the Christian life it’s about following God’s plans, not ours.
I do not neglect my desire to help people in need, I believe it’s a desire God gave me, but it’s not my job to make it happen. My job is to know my maker, to focus on what he’s given me to do today, and to walk through the doors He opens for me. Are you following your plans and dreams, or God’s? Get alone with God, stop everything, and get to know Him! He wants our hearts not our abilities.