Headed to South Sudan!

Our Spotlight sections help introduce you to ministries or members of our church in the hope that how God is working in their lives will encourage and strengthen you! Today, Lisa Lock shares about how God has led and prepared her for her upcoming trip to South Sudan. Lighthouse will be sending Lisa as a Short-Term Missionary at the end of this November. For information about how to support her on this trip, keep reading!

lisa-headHello! If I haven’t had the chance to meet you in person yet, I’m Lisa 🙂 Over the past few years, there’s been a lot going on and God has been SO good in it all! So I just want to share with you guys a little bit about how God has been at work in my life and also how He led me to go to South Sudan for seven months!

I became more aware of missions through Intervarsity Christian Fellowship while I was in college. But I have to be honest; back then my focus was more on the physical need, rather than the spiritual need. I was taking many Sociology classes and was in a city and university where conversations regarding social justice issues were common and regular. I wanted to see clean water, healthcare, education, and food given to those in need. And while none of these things are bad to desire, I was completely ignoring the only need in anyone’s life: Jesus Christ. I was too busy caring about the physical and social injustices to realize that clean water, food, education, etc. do not give eternal life–only Jesus Christ can do that.
It wasn’t until the last few years post-college that God changed my heart. He graciously humbled me, showed me the gravity of my sin, and reminded me of my desperate need for a savior. The more I grew in understanding God’s grace in my own life, the more God gave me the desire to see others’ lives transformed by the gospel.
In March 2013 I went to Kenya on a short-term mission; that trip was really huge in my decision to go for a longer period of time. In Kenya, it was really amazing to be able to serve alongside and see God’s church in another country. I had really only been exposed to American missionaries going out to the field, and it was such eye-opening grace to see Kenyans serving Kenyans, and even Kenyans going to neighboring countries to minister to those in need. When I was little, I remember thinking at one point that all Christians had to be Chinese because all the Christians I knew were Chinese. I laugh about that now, yet twenty years later I was still in that place of being so blind to the beauty of God’s church around the world.
After Kenya, I thought more seriously about going for longer than a week. And it took an entire year for me to actually decide to go and turn in my application in 2014. And I can’t tell you how excited I am!! On November 25, 2014, I’ll be leaving for South Sudan for seven months with a missions organization called Africa Inland Mission. More specifically, I’ll be living in a village called Nagishot and living amongst an unreached people group called the Didinga people. I’ll be joining long-term missionaries and helping with administrative work, teaching, and discipleship of women and youth. More info on South Sudan and the Didinga people can be found on the Links page.
As I’m continually convicted about how to live intentionally and eternally minded here in the states AND preparing to go to South Sudan for seven months, I am encouraged by this picture of Heaven from Revelation 7:9-12:
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

Thanks so much for reading this lengthy post and for your support, prayers, and encouragements! Walking alongside brothers and sisters in Christ, friends, and family has been such a blessing and I’m thankful!

This blog is reposted from Lisa’s trip blog at http://lisainsouthsudan.blogspot.com/. Please follow her there to receive updates or learn about how you can support her ministry!