As a part of our in-person interviews with ReachGlobal, we were asked to prepare a no more than five-minute “Calling Testimony”, including our Father’s call on our lives, why we’d like to serve with ReachGlobal, and any intercession requests we currently had as related to our calling and current journey.
Here is my “Calling Testimony”, which I stuck with word for word 😉
“Hi my name is Sarah, and I am excited to share with you a little more about our Father’s calling on my life to cross-cultural service, and why I would love to serve with ReachGlobal.
Before I was a believer, I grew up in the world of ballet. This brought many challenges and joys to my life, but one of those joys was getting to live in a multi-cultural community.
It is incredible to look back and see how He used that exposure to diverse peoples and the arts, as well as His Word, to shape and develop my cross-cultural calling.
One story from Scripture He used to call me out of ballet and into cross-cultural service was the story of Levi the tax collector in Luke 5. I was touched by this simple story of someone leaving everything to follow Him; and I found that the hope I now had in Him was worthy of leaving all I had known and worthy to be taken to the nations.
One of the first steps I took to step into this calling was to enroll in a University to study cross-cultural studies. During my two years of education, He led me to serve one summer break in China, and the other in Cambodia. Through these two very diverse experiences, He affirmed in me a specific calling to Asia.
When I met my husband Dave, I was again encouraged in our shared calling to Asia, as well as in using the arts in cross-cultural, specifically the art of filmmaking.
There are many reasons I would like to serve with ReachGlobal, one of them being their holistic ministry approach and training of nationals as means to multiplying healthy places of worship amongst all peoples. To me this is vital in order to see nations come to know Him.
Secondly, I personally love that ReachGlobal wants their staff to creatively serve in their strengths and giftings, and that they value filmmaking as a means to communicate His work around the world.
Lastly, I love that ReachGlobal maintains a culture of health amongst their teams. As someone who desires to see the gospel continue to grow in myself, the Body, and a lost world, holistic health means a lot to me.
At this point in our process, my intercession request would be that Dave and I continue to trust and obey our Father no matter the outcome of the decision.
And in closing, I’d like to share one more verse from Scripture, that has and always will stir my heart to cross-cultural service:
From Revelation 5, verse 9:
“And they sang a new song, saying ‘worthy are You, to take the scroll, and to open its seals. For you were slain, and by Your blood You ransomed a people for God from every tribe and language and peoples and nation.”
In the actual interview, all the candidates (13 of us applying for different positions) sat at round tables in the main room, including the staff involved with the interview process. We were permitted to sit or stand, and a couple of us even held onto our notes in case we needed them.
One by one we shared our “Calling Testimony” in front of everyone in the room, and truthfully I am so glad we did it this way because it was such an encouragement to hear from everyone!
For His glory among all people, Sarah Lynn