What do you do all day? That is a question I was often asked during my 11 years as a stay-at-home mom. It was usually meant to be a snarky comment, not a true question, and the answer was typically not interesting; dirty diapers, laundry and grocery shopping with 3 little ones generally isn’t.
A huge life change brought those days to an end. I needed to find a way to bring more money into our budget, so I worked many, many part time jobs. No one asked me that question for awhile, they could tell by the bags under my eyes that I was running myself ragged.
Now that I am exclusively working as a missionary, I find myself being asked that question again. This time though it usually comes from someone’s actual desire to know what I do all day. They are truly interested. What do you do all day? How do you prevent human trafficking from a cubicle in Greenwood, Indiana? Aren’t missionaries supposed to be in some far off land passing out Bibles, digging wells or starting churches?
So, what do I do all day? Yesterday was an especially busy day. I started off by going to chapel. We worshiped, learned, and prayed for our brothers and sisters that are ministering to people around the world. When I returned to my humble cubicle, I finished and sent the monthly HOPE61 prayer letter to 400+ subscribers. Check it out here…http://eepurl.com/OG69X. I’m finally getting the hang of the program we use to do this, but it is still quite time consuming. Once the emailed version was complete, I formatted a print version to send to those who do not have email. I also had to deal with some brochures that did not come through the printer properly. I emailed other missionaries around the world about HOPE61 business. Lastly I visited a sweet missionary friend in the hospital.
Now I know what you are thinking…How are you preventing human trafficking by sending out prayer letters (or writing a blog, updating social media, speaking at youth conventions, recruiting missionaries at mission conferences, etc)? That is a tricky question. I won’t truly know if I’ve prevented anyone from being trafficked, until I meet my Lord and Savior in Heaven. I believe that He has called me to serve at the OMS World HQ for a reason. I believe in the power of prayer. I believe in the power of education. If I can educate one more person about the evils of trafficking, get one more person to petition God for the prevention of trafficking or find one more person to supply the funding to get one more missionary on the field to reach those who are vulnerable to becoming trafficked, is that enough? I don’t know, but I pray everyday that what I do all day is making a difference.