Our journey towards global missions began in April 2017. At that time, my husband, Keith, and I both felt that God was asking us to go deeper in our relationships with Him. Through a series of confirming circumstances, we decided to attend a Holy Spirit Encounter weekend held at Westgate Alliance Church in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. That weekend began a journey of faith that both challenged us in what we had perceived as the Holy Spirit’s role in our lives, and also encouraged us to be more intentional in our pursuit of Him. Over the next few months, we were amazed to see His faithfulness to us in new and exciting ways. We even took part in another Holy Spirit Encounter weekend at our home church in Melfort, Saskatchewan. We were blessed to see the Holy Spirit speaking into the lives of our brothers and sisters. Our faith continued to grow but we did not realize at the time that God had something more in mind.
In January 2018, an international worker who had been serving in Guinea came and spoke at our church. During his presentation, we both felt a strong nudge from God. After the service ended, Keith turned to me and said we should go and meet with the international worker, it was as if I already knew he was going to suggest it and it didn’t surprise me. God had planted a seed in both of our hearts for missions, and as we both recognized His voice, we could only step out in obedience and faith.
We continue to take the small steps toward what God has for us. We’ve also begun to have conversations with our three kids about “becoming international workers”. While they are still a bit too young to fully understand what that means, it’s exciting to begin this journey together as a family. There are still many unknowns, but we trust in His plan and His timing and are thankful for how He has led us this far. He will not abandon us! He goes before us and His timing is always perfect.
This story is taken from the Fall 2018 Alliance Connection magazine. You can get a free copy of the Alliance Connection at Alliance churches across Canada or view the digital copy online. We hope you will be encouraged and inspired to go deeper in Jesus and as a result, further on mission.
Melanie and Keith have been married since 2006 and have three children, Connor, Griffin, and Arwyn. They are currently living in Melfort, Saskatchewan.