If you’re reading this, there could be several reasons why you feel like you want to wait before registering:
- I’m not sure if I’m ready.
- I don’t feel like I’m qualified to go.
- I am still in school. I need to finish school first.
- I don’t know if I will be helpful at the site where I want to go.
- I don’t know whether I can financially support myself on the mission field.
All of these reasons express some sort of uncertainty. They start with “I don’t feel like…”, “I’m not sure…”, or “I don’t know…”. Even the one about finishing school is based on the assumption that you can’t finish your degree on the mission field.
The Bible tells us exactly what to do when we plan to do something but we’re not sure or we don’t know if our feelings or assumptions are true.
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed
Before I went on a One Year Challenge, I talked to the brothers in my household, I talked to my family, and later I talked to my campus minister and my church leader. I heard sermons about going on mission. I talked to everyone except the disciples who are actually at the site where I wanted to go. Later I finally registered and contacted the site leader there.
It is not hard to imagine (but sometimes hard to trust) that the church leaders and disciples who are actually at the site know better; that they know if and where you can find jobs in that country; that they know if you will be helpful at that site; that they have experience helping disciples get trained to be effective in that mission field; that they might even have experience helping someone finish their degree while on mission. Don’t discount the fact that they might be an invaluable resource.
Registering is the first step to getting in contact with your OYC site leader and getting advice from them. What are you waiting for? Register now!