Mallory Hrehor recently returned from a 9 month journey with Adventures in Missions, part of the World Race. She spent 3 months each in Guatemala, Lesotho and Cambodia, seeking to display and declare the love of Jesus to those they met. Here is a piece of her story!
"When I was in Lesotho, my team spent a weekend doing ministry up in a tiny village about 3 hours away from where we lived. We spent hours preparing our material. We had a whole skit, complete with “costumes”, and we were ready to go share the gospel. We walked to the other side of the village to the prison, where we would be preaching that morning. We were a bit nervous, but we were prepared. We had done things like this hundreds of times before. It was all going to go smoothly, right? Spoiler alert: things did not go smoothly.
All of our plans practically crashed and burned. The skit was a disaster. The inmates were laughing at us. We had a choice at that point, we could give up and go home or we could keep on going. I firmly believed that God had my team in that prison for a reason, so we kept going.
After our catastrophe of a skit, I stood up in front of the entire prison and talked about God’s love and forgiveness. Then, I asked anyone who wanted to say 'yes' to this love and forgiveness, to come to the front, so we could pray for them. In my mind I thought, “No one is going to stand up. This is the most embarrassing thing I have ever done.”
There was a long silence and no one moved. Then out of the corner of my eye, I saw one man stand up. I was so overjoyed. One man wanted to say 'yes' to Jesus! All the embarrassment in the world would be completely worth it for that. But it wasn’t over yet.
Another inmate stood up, and another, and another. Before I knew it, a crowd of over forty people stood at the font, wanting to accept the love and forgiveness of Jesus. It was completely crazy! I know for a fact that their reaction was 100% the work of the Holy Spirit because it was definitely not us.
That is the amazing thing. We are imperfect and can mess things up so badly. BUT GOD can take the broken pieces and make something beautiful out of them. All you have to do is be willing to say 'yes' and act.
Fear is a real thing. Embarrassment and rejection are real things. No one is immune from them, even if they are missionaries in Africa. I want to challenge you to step out of your comfort zones. Don’t let fear keep you from sharing the Gospel because God is bigger than our mistakes. So act. Be bold. Do something that absolutely terrifies you, and see what God can do with it. It is hard but it is completely worth it.
This was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but also one of the best and most rewarding things. Thank you so much for all the love and support you have given me over this last year."