Since her student days, Rachel had wanted to serve God in full-time ministry. However, due to parental objection and financial needs at home, she decided to work as a social worker after graduating from NUS in 2009. Rachel continued to pray and wait upon God’s timing as she honed her skills in people helping and gained working experience.
At a missions course conducted by Kairos International, Rachel was burdened to know that there are about 6900 people groups in the world who have not heard the gospel, “Jesus is coming back and there are still so many who have not heard about Him!”
In response, Rachel felt convicted to give of herself to God’s work, “I always remember this story about a girl who stood outside a church listening to the sermon. At the end of it, as an offering was collected for the church building fund, she gave all that she had. I want to be like her, giving all that I have to God.”
Last year, a friend invited Rachel to join her for a 1-year STINT program to East Asia with Cru Singapore. Her greatest concern then was her parents’ response. To her surprise, they said ‘yes’ this time! She shares, “I know it is a difficult decision for them as I am their only child. Yet, they love me enough to let me go.”
Feelings of inadequacy also plagued her, such as cultural adjustments and whether she will be able to share the gospel relevantly to the locals. But God assured her through Zephaniah 3:17, “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
“I know that I may face difficulties in the ministry as I serve in East Asia. But I can have hope and joy that He is with me in this journey. He also assured me that He delights in me as I step out in faith,” Rachel shares.
As Rachel prepares for her departure in a month’s time, there are still faith hurdles to cross. The biggest one at hand is support raising, “It is a huge amount compared to raising for short term mission trips. But I’m trusting God to provide.”