written by Hannah Mae

Relying on God never became so real to me until I was so far out of my comfort zone that I had no choice but to trust God. My command of the Malay language is not great, at best, yet for two weeks I communicated, taught, prayed, led worship and even shared a devotion all in Malay. How? Because every time I was faced with a situation, no matter how impromptu (like leading worship for Sunday service 10 minutes before service started), I said a simple prayer, and God provided. The words I needed would always appear once I opened my mouth. What other reason did I have to withhold my trust?

Alongside trust, I learned to re-evaluate my work to determine if it truly was for God, or if it
was just something I had to do. For example, a Standard 6 (12-year-old) girl I was tutoring was very weak in Math, and I became frustrated at her lack of knowledge and apparent unwillingness to even try. But one day, I remembered what Terence had shared with us; to view people as people instead of problems, and to stop and pray when it felt like we had reached a brick wall. So I prayed, and God shifted my perspective. Instead of seeing a problem, I saw a 12-year-old girl who knew she was so bad at Math that she had become too scared to try, yet was able to pick up what I taught her after just one or two explanations. So that night, I encouraged her for her effort instead of chastising her for her mistakes. Even if I failed to teach her Math, I hope I managed to teach her to be more confident – something far more important than what she can learn in school.

Coming home, I hope these lessons stay with me and I continue to trust God and view His people as He sees them. After all, why should ‘missions’ end just because I’ve come back from the ‘mission field’? Are we not called to be his salt and light wherever we are placed?

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