ArticleMissionary Life

When God Calls You to Missions But Forces You to Wait

Kristin had dreamed of becoming a missionary since childhood, but she had to trust in the Lord for the right timing.
When guest missionaries spoke at her church, young Kristin would eagerly await the moment she could scurry off from her pew and make a beeline for their tables.

Kristin graduated from college burning with a dream to enter the mission field, but she didn’t know in what capacity. Trusting in the Lord’s timing, she sought to faithfully serve the Lord wherever she found herself. So, Kristin became her church’s secretary for the next 14 years.

“I stayed vigilant,” Kristin said. “Every couple of years, I would look into different mission agencies for a position where I felt like I could serve.”

Keeping her church connected with their missionaries was a priority, so Kristin frequently inserted their newsletters in weekly bulletins and forwarded their emails.

Kristin’s passion reemerged after attending a missions course, and she expressed this love to her pastors upon its completion. Having not sent out a missionary in over 20 years, her pastors were eager to act upon her desire and recommended partnering with ABWE.

In August 2018, Kristin embarked on a two-year trip to help a church plant in Kyiv, Ukraine, and disciple ladies at the Kyiv Theological Seminary. During her time on the field, she enjoyed mentoring the MKs. She plans on returning to Kyiv as a long-term missionary and will continue working at the church plant, discipling women at the seminary, and investing in MKs.


Learn more about Kristin’s ministry here.

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About the Author

Loren Skinker serves as a communication specialist with ABWE and managing editor for Message Magazine. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in communications and English.

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