My work station, my convocation assignment, and my classes prepared me for an amazing mission adventure!
by Joy Inyele
“These magazines answer my son’s questions! I will surely read them with him!” exclaimed Ann Marie, my seatmate on the plane.
In February, I joined a team from the Markham Woods Seventh-day Adventist church in Florida on a mission trip to my home country. I also prayed for opportunities to pass out literature along the way. I’m a student editor for Last Generation magazine, so before leaving Hartland, I packed a variety of issues to give away. Settling in the plane for my second flight, I didn’t know that the lady smiling back at me would be God’s first answer to that prayer.
Though born in a Christian home, Ann Marie became an atheist while in college. Recently, one of her sons had been bombarding her with questions on religion. When she learned that I was a Christian, she peppered me with questions about God, the Bible, and the Christian faith. That is when the magazines came in so handy! For every question, God brought to my mind an issue, or an article in one of the magazines that highlighted the topic. I ended every discussion on a given topic with something like, “Hey, I think I have a magazine just for that!”
As I hugged her goodbye, she was clasping seven magazines, including Last Generation’s special issue on the Sabbath! Watching her tuck those truth-filled publications into her handbag, I prayed, “Oh God, please accompany those silent preachers!”
Encouraged by that encounter, I charged into my mission experience! We worked among the Maasai community in western Kenya, where I helped with the VBS program at a public primary school.
I loved the children! Their eagerness to learn and their innocent questions reminded me of my own childhood. What a difference it would make if only they knew God and His purpose for their lives! We taught them the plan of redemption and showed them that God has a place for each of them in His great plan.
I deeply appreciate every opportunity to prepare for service in the mission field through my training at Hartland, be it through my classes, teaching children during convocation, or preparing articles for the magazine at my work station.