I remember praying all night for women that I have never met, not just in Tampa but in this world to know how loved they are by Jesus. I prayed that someone, somewhere could do something to help the women of this world who are exploited every day. I haven’t stopped this prayer. I prayed that there would be more people like I had met to serve God’s people in other corners of the world. But then this idea came to me, what if I could do that? What if I could serve God’s people? What if this is my call?
The joy of surrendering to God’s love is there to be had right now, right where we are. In other words, your participation in God’s global mission starts now, as a student, in your academic setting, within the limits you’re experiencing.
What you’re studying now is relevant to the poverty pandemic. Because urban poverty is so complex, nearly every field of study is important to alleviating this scourge. We must come at poverty from every side.
I was already committed to pursue a PhD in chemistry when I attended my first Urbana in 1996. I was an undergraduate student looking for wisdom and for ways to grow in my heart for missions as I entered graduate school.
While a student at University of California, Davis, Maureen Hodge had done InterVarsity summer missions trips in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Mexico, working with kids in poor areas of those cities. But it was a miscarriage and a cancer diagnosis that got her to Honduras.