Months ago I came across Titus 2 Tuesday blog posts. Inspired to do the same thing I set out to make a list of my own questions. Women who have encouraged me to be a radical follower of Jesus. Radical in the sense they love God with all the heart, mind and soul and their neighbor as themselves. They are ordinary women who love and serve an Extraordinary God. Women I want model so the Word of God will not be dishonored. Titus 2:5
I wanted a catchy title other than God’s Women, so I asked a friend for help and she said what is something that defines us? Maybe not where we’re from but where we’re going?
I always love the analogy of following Jesus so closely that you get the dust of your shepherd on you. Following in the footsteps of your Shepherd. So you could call us Dusty Women.
I caught up with Amanda earlier this summer drinking lattes’ with great conversation. She returned last December from a two year commitment with SIM and I wanted to hear all about it. We didn’t get around to my Dusty Women questions because I wanted to hear her back story of her faith walk and how she ended up in Kenya. One question I did ask which she didn’t hesitate in answering.
“What would you say to your 16 year old self? to which she replied…
“You’re not getting married tomorrow, so boys don’t matter.”
Describe yourself in 5-7 words.
Christ-following, loyal, compassionate, silly, baker, photographer, dreamer
Amanda, briefly describe your walk of faith.
I grew up in a Christian home and placed my trust in Jesus when I was just four years old. Unfortunately, as passionate as I was in the beginning, my faith soon wavered under the stress of trying to fit in. I tried to live both worlds, the good little Christian girl at home and at church, and the “cool” kid at school. It didn’t work so well. Because of these problems at school, I was home-schooled for a few years in high school. Best decision ever. God really met me at my low point, and re-dedicating my life to Him, I found the strength I needed to face the every day, to realize that I cannot live for both God and man (Galatians 1:10). Although I have since had many moments of people-pleasing, God has shown me time and again that He is all-sufficient, and all-surpassing in worth. And because of the great love that He has shown me, even in all my sin, I now have the opportunity to serve Him and testify to His goodness in Kenya.
What does God’s Word mean to you?
God’s Word is life: it is the very breath in me, my daily bread, strength for my weary soul, water in a dry and thirsty land, an ever-present help in times of trouble, joy and peace in the midst of chaos, the greatest Love Story ever written.
Briefly explain your work as a short-term missionary.
Since my job was to capture and tell the stories in Kenya, it is hard to pick just one. One of my favorites, though, is the time we had the opportunity to interview a woman who had taken in over eighty IDPs (Internally Displace Peoples from the conflict near the coast of Kenya). She and her family provided shelter, food, clothes and school fees at the expense of their own comfort, their own bills to pay, trusting that God would provide. I was so encouraged by her, her faith and willingness to give it all away for the sake of the gospel. After recounting how they had completely depleted their savings and watched God provide for their needs, she said it reminded her that “If I take care of God’s business, he takes care of mine.” And then she said “I will never get tired of serving Jesus, even when it hurts.” What a great reminder! No matter what we face, God is in control, and since “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above…” (James 1:17), everything we have is God’s anyway, so why not give it back to Him willingly. Besides, if we are more valuable than the birds of the air and the lilies of the field, whom God has fed and clothed, how much more will He do so for us! (Matthew 6) “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)