Jody and Sarah Fox - this phase of our Journey as IMB missionaries in Niger, West Africa

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Volunteer Testimony - Emily Dawson

God is sovereign despite our circumstances. God knows what He’s doing even when we don’t. God calls His sheep to himself.

That was the theme of this summer for me. Going into this summer, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I knew I was going to Niger for 5 weeks – and I knew it was going to be hot – and I knew I was going to share the Gospel with people who needed to hear it.

What I didn’t expect – some of the people we talked to had never even heard of the name Jesus before. I also didn’t expect the circumstances to be so hard. Sleeping on a mat in 90 degree weather or eating rice every day for almost every meal isn’t so bad for a week or two – but for 5 weeks – it gets hard. This was my first experience being on the overseas field for more than 2 weeks… and even before I went on this internship – I have had the intention of being a career missionary.

The thing that I learned over everything would be that this is God’s battle. Whether people stand or fall – accept the Gospel or reject it – is not my battle. My place is simply to obey what the Word tells us – and it tells us to go and make disciples. I learned to be more content in who I am, in Christ… and who God is. God is so big and mighty and unfathomable.  According to the psalmist, He can make the earth melt with his very voice… and He is worthy of all glory and honor and power. Words cannot describe just how much God is worthy of. Who are we to complain of our circumstances when the Son of God suffered so greatly and paid the ultimate price? God didn’t have to do that… but He did. What a marvelous mystery!

I am so thankful to have had this opportunity to serve among the Songhai people. I’ve been home for 3 weeks now – and I miss everything so badly – even the things I thought I wouldn’t miss.
I want to encourage everyone who reads this to continue to pray for the Fox family – that their faith would remain strong. I’d also like to encourage y’all to take the time out to share the Gospel with a co-worker, friend, or family member who isn’t a believer. Everyone needs the Gospel just as much as we do. Where would you be right now if someone hadn’t told you about the Gospel? Think about it.
Thank y’all for all your support and prayer!

Emily Dawson

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