What comes to mind when you
think of the word “missions?” many in
our generation who don’t know much
about missions may associate the word
with a pastor or family who preaches
abroad, or adults who give to international organizations, or small church
groups or individuals volunteering in an
Either way, to many like myself,
missions isn’t a concept that looks
However, when I recently caught up
with my childhood friend, Eva Wanja,
my idea of “missions” was brought into
a clear perspective. Here’s her story:
Eva, tell us a little bit about you?
I am a student studying family and
social relations as I pursue a career in
social work. I always wanted my line of
work to somehow be linked to God’s
purpose for me. I believe we are all essentially called to be disciples and win
souls, but how God compels one to do
so is unique to each person.
How did you get involved in mis-sionary-type work?
I first started out volunteering locally
with different shelters and agencies
within the Greater Toronto Area. When I
started doing work abroad, I didn’t have
some crazy life-altering experience, nei-
ther was it like I heard the audible voice
of God that said, “my child, go forth.”
I simply was planning to visit my
native country, Kenya, and just knew I
couldn’t go back home empty handed.
The need was too significant for me to
overlook it with excuses. As a student,
I didn’t have loads of cash sitting there
to purchase large amounts of supplies
for thousands of people, but what I did
have was a Facebook account and a
I got in contact with some people
who knew of various organizations and
agencies in Kenya with people that
needed immediate attention. With the
need in view, I opened up a GoFundme.
com account and shared it through
Facebook. People started liking and
sharing it and began donating to the
As a student, I
didn’t have loads
of cash but what
I did have was a
and a network
Shortly, the interest on social media
started to build a network of people
who were interested in contributing in
various ways. We used the money to
buy resources to give to those who
were being helped by the agencies.
That’s incredible! What is one memorable experience?
Some of the resources we gathered
went to an orphanage in Kibera, Kenya
– the third largest slum in the world. We
met a woman there who actually saves
orphans who have been tossed in the
river – she reminds me of a modern day
moses – by those who are unable to
care for them. It was inspiring to see
the faith and obedience in this woman.
What advice would you have for
teenagers who are thinking about
getting involved but don’t know
where to begin?
Getting involved doesn’t have to
take immediate drastic steps like flying
to another country. It can first begin by
knowing who you are in Christ and what
gifts He has deposited in you that you
can use to help others.
It can be overwhelming trying to address every need, so try to begin with
small steps. The most important first
step is praying about your consideration and asking God how to address it.
Remember you can start with what you
have and where you are.
And in a world where “likes” and
“shares” can determine satisfaction,
always remember to do it for the right
reasons – your desire to serve!
Where is Rose-
place to spend time
In her bedroom quiet and alone
WHAT’S IN YOUR HAND!
By: Rosemond Ennin
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