I’ve recently returned from a missions trip to Mexico, and I’m currently preparing for another mission trip to Africa. I see so much value in traveling the world to share the very message that saved me. I love the gospel of Jesus, and the restoration that it brings. But these past few weeks have been filled with so much gratitude for the people that Jesus sends straight to our doors. It’s amazing that we can be right where Jesus asks and He would send you people to love and share the gospel with.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…” Romans 1:16
Over the past few weeks, we’ve experienced a lot as a ministry. Two weeks ago, I took a step of faith and committed to being a Pastor here at We Will Go! That means I’m going to serve over ‘The Fountain,’ focusing on who Jesus sends to our doors…kids, families, volunteers, etc.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house…” Matthew 5:14-15
I’m so excited! I love that Jesus had called me to shine HIS light to those He brings to our house! I took time to pray and fast about what it will look like for this next season in ministry. That same week we experienced, what I would consider, some of our hardest days. Three guys that are a part of our family/ministry, were arrested on murder charges, within 2 days…for 2 separate incidents. One of those incidents occurred right down the road from where we live. There was so much heartbreak surrounding us.
I’ve had loved ones ask where I thought ‘this life’ was going to get me and beat around the bush to simply ask me if giving my life in Jackson was worth it.
I don’t get upset when people ask me those kinds of things anymore because I’m sure now, more than ever, that I’m right where Jesus wants me to be!
After the arrests, our Fountain gym was nearly empty. I honestly didn’t know how to pray, but that God would remind our guys of the Word that they’d been taught in our gym, and that God would send them back to our home. Because the truth is, the Word was poured into these guys. Without fail, every time they came to play ball in our gym they would hear it…every time! The very next day, many of our guys returned. Including the brother of one of the guys who was arrested.
Jesus had a plan, and He still does have a plan!
For those young guys who returned to the gym that day, we were able to pray with them one-on-one and tell them how much God loves, to tell them how much we’ve been praying for them, and to tell them we see the pain surrounding them. It was beautiful to watch the love of Jesus being poured out that day. Even when it seems simple, your love and obedience matters so much to Jesus!!!!
Is everyday of my life like this? Of course not, but a lot of them are. I get to learn how to love like Jesus would in a place that is sometimes forgotten or deemed as ‘too far gone.’ I get to travel the world and also walk onto my front porch to share the same Good News! I know the life Jesus is asking me to live is not a life that many would choose or feel privileged to live. For me however, it’s one of the most exciting things I’ve ever given my heart to!
Here’s how you can pray with me:
- I’m asking people to pray about financially supporting me to serve full-time as a missionary and Pastor at We Will Go Ministries.
- I’m also asking for people to spread the word & tell others about how they can support the upcoming missions trip to Mozambique & Swaziland. You can do so by purchasing We Will Go Arts wood products on ETSY, and by adding “Mariah/Missions” in the comment box when ordering!
- I’m praying that Jesus would give me vision on how to reach families better! We currently open our Fountain doors for homework help, basketball, and Bible from 3-5PM & go on ‘home visits’ to see families. I’m asking for creative ways to minister to entire families at a deeper level!