Exactly three years ago, I was on my first myMISSION trip. We went to Atlanta, and our whole weekend was dedicated to reaching refugees and victims of human trafficking. We’re still getting to know each other, but you can just know that this is my heartbeat.

We went around rough areas of Atlanta, handing out roses to prostitutes—women who needed to know that they were loved and valued. This is something to which I’ve dedicated my life.

Isaiah 61:1b reads, “He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” Isaiah’s description of his calling rings so true for me. I was so excited to be in this group, fulfilling this calling, but I knew I needed to be keenly aware of the vastly different needs of the women I would meet. This reminds me of Paul’s calling in 1 Corinthians 9:22b: “I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” Paul knew that he was called to preach the gospel to all people, but that took different shapes as God brought him to different places.

As we move through our stories, we all will have callings that are unique to us. And as a mother, I know that my calling has taken on a new shape. I still know that God will use me to bring comfort and words of life to those who have not heard them, and now I have new, incredibly important people to whom God has called me to comfort and speak words of life. As mothers, we might be tempted to long for the life we used to know—the freedom, the intimacy with God at each uninterrupted moment—but God has given us a calling to be all things to some very small people, too. I wouldn’t trade that calling for the world.

Allison Turner is the mother to three babies in three different places—in heaven, in her home, and in the womb! A ramen connoisseur who believes music can reach even the darkest soul; Allison loves serving the community of Blytheville with her husband, Travis. 

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