Hi, I’m Jessica, and I’ll be posting here on a regular basis this summer. I’m a missionary kid from Papua New Guinea. I was born and raised there but I have since gone to the US for college. In August, I will begin my sophomore year at Cedarville University in Ohio.
My testimony…I prayed the prayer of salvation at the age of three with my mom’s help while I was living in a small village in Papua New Guinea, but it was not until I was 11 that I committed my life to Christ. As a young teenager, I struggled with committing a couple of sins over and over again. Only by the power of Christ working in my life was I able to overcome them. I learned that nothing I can do can take away sin. Christ is the only one who has the power to remove sin and cleanse people from their sins, which He did in my life.
My first year of college, God has been teaching me to surrender everything to him. First, it was my family and my dependence on them, then it was the boy I liked, who eventually told me he didn’t like me back, and finally, it’s been my summer job. This summer I tried and tried to get a job, but no one hired me. My hope was that I would receive money for college and would be challenged to grow closer to Christ while working at a summer camp, but here I am, staying with a family and not getting paid a dime. Instead, I’m volunteering at church on Wednesday nights as a counselor for KidMo, the program for kids in grades 1-4 and I’ve been cooking for the family who is allowing me to stay with them for a good amount of time this summer. I was angry at myself for not getting a job, but now I realize that I had not yet surrendered my summer to God. Up until this point, I was totally missing the point, concerned only with making money for me to continue attending college and seeing my friends there. The work I do needs to be done for Christ’s glory, not for me, and not for money. I’m glad God brought that to my attention. 1 Corinthians 10:31 sums it up nicely, “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” As you can see, although I often fail, I am continually seeking to please God and bring him glory.
Papa New Guinea…I love the climate in the Ukarumpa, where I lived most of the time. 60’s and 70’s year round and lots of rain made for a tropical paradise nestled high in the mountains of the Eastern Highlands. I also love the bright colours worn by the Papua New Guineans at big events, such as funerals, weddings, or New Testament dedications.
Role Models…My mom is on of my role models because she is committed to serving and giving to our community. She willingly left her home and went first to Brazil and then to PNG as a missionary teacher. She obeyed God’s calling in her life, and continues to live in obedience to him, working as a worship leader for children’s Sunday School, being the head librarian at the primary school, chairing the school board, and leading a woman’s Bible study. What an honor and a privilege it is to call her Mom!
Another role model of mine is C.S. Lewis. Although he lived many years ago, I find the Christian principles that he taught and lived by are still applicable to Christians today.
The future…well, I kinda am grown up, but not really yet, since I’m only 19 and still have three more years of college to go. Anyways, my dream is to become a missionary myself overseas and I believe that God is calling me to Europe. I don’t know what country as of yet, and I’d be willing to go anywhere in the world where God calls me. For now, I am studying Spanish with minors in Bible, TESL, and photography.
Now that you know a bit about me, I hope you’ll take time to read the things I share on this blog for the rest of the summer.
Love in Christ,
Check out the April issue to learn more about Jessica’s passion for photography! Leave a comment to welcome her to the blog and be looking for more from her throughout the summer….Also, read Jessica’s personal blogs: Jessica’s Journal, Heart of Ruth, and Image-ine.