Connecting Stories

Stories are powerful. They connect us in deep ways. In our relationships, we may agree or disagree on many things but our shared experiences often are the glue that keeps us together. And in the middle of our very real stories, God is working. He is working in amazing ways. What God is doing in and through us is more than we can imagine, more than we realize even now. Many stories are still unfolding. What about you? What’s your story? How might God be working in and through you, beyond what you can see?

I recently talked with a new friend who is Vietnamese. God has worked in her life to bring her to a new place of service. She has been asked to be a leader in a fellowship of Vietnamese churches. She is leading women to be on mission for God. She never dreamed she would be doing what she is doing now. God guided her one step at a time. At each point, He gave her just what she needed, just at the right time.

God is the One Who is creating opportunities and giving us dreams of how we can be on mission with Him. We are all connected as we follow His path. And His path, in one way or another, always leads to missions. There is always a connection between His love and grace in our lives, our relationships, and the love and grace He offers to all people.

Many women do amazing things for God. But many of us are just at the starting point. Perhaps some feel stagnant or stuck. The summer is a great time to take a break and reevaluate. The summer is also a great time to make new connections. Why not jump out there? God may use new connections to grow great missions opportunities. Consider these ideas:

  • Bring snacks to share at the park. Have a spontaneous picnic and invite others to join. Ask about other’s stories. Share yours. See what happens!
  • Visit a community fair or farmer’s market. Make sure you have time to talk to new people you meet. Ask some of the vendors how they started their business or hobby. Follow up with any who seem open to spiritual things. Share your story naturally in conversation and see how they respond.
  • Try something new—maybe painting, bowling, hiking, or bird-watching. Get to know others who have similar interests. See how your stories begin to connect.
  • Ask a new friend to come over for lemonade, iced tea, or coffee. Get to know her story and share yours!

When we are sharing about Christ, it is a beautiful thing. We don’t have to have all the answers. Our story is our story. God is the main character. He will draw people to Himself. The amazing thing about connecting stories is how God uses it. God shows up in amazing and unplanned ways. What a privilege to walk with Him through life and be blessed as we take steps of faith. May God continue to bless us and use us as we trust in Him. Send your stories of connecting to LHarper@wmu.org. We would love to share your stories with others!

Laura Harper is ministry consultant to adult audiences at WMU. She loves her family, coffee, chocolate, and all things missions.

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