North Central University.
A place where ministers and missionaries are born.
A place where your calling is realized.
And a place where amidst the studying, socializing, and extra curriculars you sometimes forget why you're here.
Thankfully, I have the Holy Spirit for that!
I had been wondering why in the world I was here all the way at NCU! I'm fourteen hours away from my home, and am not one who was eager to get away from the nest. This semester, I have struggled with homesickness like you wouldn't believe. But I'm still pressing on.
People often ask me "Why are you all the way at NCU when you could have..." and then name some other college or university with an amazing this program or that program.
Well let me tell you why.
It started in 6th grade. My first summer at church camp. I will never forget it.
My mother came as a camp counselor, and I was excited beyond belief--I was going to church camp!
I expected great things while I was there. I had heard stories of people getting saved, healed, and delivered. No way was I going to miss anything.
And then Mom and I met her.
She was a Deaf teenager by the name of Destanie Hendrix, she had come with an Interpreter, who was a Christian. Mama, having been an interpreter herself back in the day, was asked to help interpret the services for Destanie.
But during a service one night, I found the interpreter (I wish I could remember her name!!!) crying. I asked her if she was alright and she said "I'm worried about Destanie."
"Why?" I asked. "Is she sick?"
"No," the interpreter replied. "It's her soul."
That hit me like a ton of bricks.
At that moment, I knew my life's purpose. To bring the Word of God to the Deaf community, and show them the love of Jesus.
I long to reach out to those both Deaf and hearing, who are hurting and feel lost and alone. I long to hold a child who is heartbroken and be able to tell him that God loves him. And so do I.
That is why I'm here.
Lord, strengthen me, for this task that You have called me to. You said that it was not Your will that any should perish but all come to repentance. I thank You for being with me here at NCU, for being my Source, my guide, my best friend. I thank You for enabling me to do that which You have called me to. I praise Your holy Name, You are great.
In Jesus' precious Name,