Leap of Faith  
Vernon B Parmenter Have you ever asked yourself, "What am I doing here? Is this the job that God wants me to do for the rest of my life?" And if you did ask yourself the question, how did you resolve the issue? Did you pass it off with a glib answer excusing yourself by saying that this is what life has dealt you and there is nothing you can do about it?
There really is an alternative to all of this. It's a choice you make. And the choice is made much more easily when you put yourself in God's hands. When you make yourself available, God’s miracles begin to happen and what you thought was impossible suddenly becomes a reality.
Vernon B Parmenter, Associate Secretary, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and Director, Adventist Volunteer Center. Thousands before you have taken that leap of faith and have testified that it was the best decision of their lives. Their only regret was that it took so long for them to trust God enough to let Him lead. Could it be that God wants to take you off the treadmill of life right now and lead you into overseas volunteer service?
  Let me share with you just some of the blessings that flow your way when you commit your life, even for a short time, as a missionary. Your walk with God becomes a living and vital experience; your missionary vision takes on a global perspective; your gifts come clearly into focus; you make new friends; and you become filled with an immense amount of joy in your heart.
And the benefits are not all yours. If you could only perceive how far your influence might reach, you would be astounded. Most likely your home church will receive reports of your work and will be encouraged by what you are doing. Your fellow members back home will pray for you, and as they hear of your success they will be encouraged to give more in tithes and offerings. They will become excited about "mission" and will catch a vision of what can be done in the mission field at home and abroad.Statistics prove it. Short-Term Evangelical Missions (STEM 1993:8) states, "A structured, short-term mission has tremendous possibilities for increasing involvement back home. Mission related support activities were found to increase 64%....".
  And then there is the overseas mission field which stands to gain as well from your presence. The field where you serve as a volunteer missionary will be blessed. The people will be exposed to your caring and interest. They will gain a new perspective on the world outside and will receive spiritual and material aid which they would otherwise never know about. And there is the beautiful potential of saving a soul for the kingdom.
  So, how about it? Are you ready to put yourself in God's hands and let Him take you on the most exciting journey of your life? Now is the time to take that leap of faith!
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