AUGUSTA, Ga.- Joy Zimmerman is our first guest today. The interim youth leader at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Augusta, Joy is following the call to be a missionary in the Middle East. She majored in International Affairs and studied Arabic, not knowing at the time that her yearning to travel and study the Middle East would later reveal itself as part of God’s plan for her life.
Joy has to raise the money for her mission work through Youth For Christ’s World Outreach. Below is Joy’s message of why she’s following the call to Beirut, Lebanon. You can contact Joy about supporting her via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I’m very excited to be sending out my first official letter as a future member of the Youth For Christ team in Beirut, Lebanon. It has already been a journey to get to this point, and I’d like to continue to thank those of you who have encouraged, supported, and prayed for me along the way.
If you could have seen my life three years ago, you might never have believed I would one day be in ministry. My life was changed by the grace of God and a youth pastor, Shelley, who was willing to invest in my life and call out the good in me. She was my mentor and offered me a position as summer youth intern for her youth group at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
I was in no way spiritually ready for the position, but she believed in my future. Since that summer of 2013, Jesus has led me away from bondage into greater wisdom and freedom. It is amazing to look back and see how I have changed over three years. I am now a youth minister, myself! I have the opportunity to lead students out of the darkness and into the light of God’s truth.
Even when I was still trying to figure out who I was, I had a deep calling on my life to go to the Middle East. I majored in International Affairs and studied Arabic, not yet knowing that my yearning to travel was all part of God’s plan for my redeemed life. I had the desire to go and promote God’s justice even before I took full ownership of my faith.
After much prayer and what I know is confirmation from God, I have made the decision to join Youth For Christ (YFC) in an assignment to Beirut, Lebanon. I will help lead school assemblies, discipleship groups, summer camps, worship nights, and special events. I will also get the chance to minister in Syrian refugee camps and assist with administrative work for the office. I have been coached and trained by YFC and will attend a missions institute this January 2017 in Colorado. I am ready to fulfill my part of Jesus’ Great Commission:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching
them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you
always, to the very end of the age.” — Matthew 28:19-20
I will solely depend on donors like You to help fund this ministry and I hope to do so with a ton of prayers and a majority of monthly donations to sustain me during my 3 years in missions. To get to Lebanon, my ministry start-up need is $15,554, which includes tuition to my training in January, airfare, and supplies to set up my life in Beirut.
Once I’m in the field, my monthly ministry need will be $5,100. I would be honored to build a partnership with you. Please let me know if you’d like to meet to talk, or if you have a church or small group that would be interested in hearing more about the call to Lebanon!
May the Lord bless you and keep you,