Advent Story Telling: Deliverance and Discernment

After I graduated college, I signed on to do full-time evangelical ministry in India for one year. I had thought that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I quickly learned that this type of ministry was not a good fit for me, and my time in India was the hardest few months of my life to date. I didn’t know how I was going to last an entire year. About 3-4 months into my stint, I became sick. After going to several hospitals and receiving multiple tests, my sister (who is a doctor here in the U.S.) told me I either needed to go to the hospital for a blood transfusion or fly home the next day. I decided to return to the U.S., was treated and completely recovered very quickly, but at the time I was very upset that I would be unable to fulfill my one-year commitment. In due time, however, I saw God’s hand through all of it. He delivered me from 8 more months of doing work that I clearly was not cut out for, and it was in perfect timing to set my current career goals in motion.

- Lauren F