Missionary appointee Emily Freeland is in Ontario, Canada. She reports this month about her visit to Calvary Baptist in Goderich:
Midway through my third-grade year, my dad took a job as an associate pastor in the lakeside town of Goderich. It was a year of changes for our family – a new house, a new church, a new town, and the start of homeschooling. Calvary Baptist was the church were I was baptized at the age of thirteen and where I first began to be involved in children’s ministry. We left in 2006 when my family moved to New Life Camp, but it still has a very special place in my heart!
In elementary school, one of the highlights of my year was CBC’s annual missions conference. At age nine, it was my first real introduction to the idea of missions: crossing language and cultural barriers to share the good news of the gospel. Hearing the testimonies of missionaries serving all over the world, the idea of missions seemed like such an adventure, and the seed was planted. My ideas about how I would be involved in cross-cultural ministry were fairly nebulous then, but they began to take shape during my time at Bible school and later at Western University. God kept leading through open doors, and I joined the GMSA last summer with the goal of returning to full-time ministry in Chile next year.
During my update at Calvary Baptist, I shared how God has been at work since I was a PK devouring missionary biographies in the church library, and how He has been leading through open doors towards ministry with the GMSA. I love talking about the work that God is doing in Chile, being reminded of His past provision and guidance and looking forward to returning to Chile in the near future as He continues to lead and provide.
- continued opportunities to share the ministry of the GMSA here in Ontario
- God’s provision of a part-time hospital nursing job close to home
- university student loan finally paid off!
- summer ministry and staffing at New Life Camp
- balancing ministry and deputation responsibilities with nursing shift work
- safety travelling and continued opportunities to share in churches