I have always had a special interest in working with young people at my church, but for the past few years, I have been preoccupied with work and other school-related responsibilities. I was being consumed by earthly demands to the point that I completely neglected my communion with God. This resulted in a gradual detachment from spiritual things and infrequent church attendance. I felt a tremendous void in my soul. My spirit was tormented, and I was unable to sleep at night. I soon realized that God was leading me to a higher calling, and He needed to start the preparation process. I was impressed to search for opportunities to attend a mission trip. The Holy Spirit led me to the GYC website and once I registered to receive information, I received an invitation to attend the GYC 2019 Iceland mission trip. In a miraculous way, God ensured that all requirements and necessary approvals were granted so I could attend this mission trip.
I was not prepared for what God had in store for me upon my arrival to Iceland. I learned that the main goal of this mission trip was to allow the Holy Spirit to use us to reach the people of Iceland by praying for them and delivering a message of hope through the distribution of GLOW tracts. During the United Prayer and Devotional sessions, I learned the need to daily surrender myself as a sacrificial offering on God’s altar in order to be filled with the transforming presence of the Holy Spirit. As in the day of Pentecost, we poured out our hearts to God, confessing our sins and pleading for the presence of the Holy Spirit to equip us to serve as an instrument in the work that God was about to accomplish in Iceland. We were also exposed to and encouraged to study the Bible and to view our everyday interactions in light of the great controversy that is currently taking place.
As we engaged in the spiritual activities and walked the streets of Reykjavik, we were encouraged to pray for divine appointments and to ask the Holy Spirit to guide our words to say the right things. Every step I took, every door I knocked on, and every house I GLOWed, I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit guiding my steps and giving me the strength to continue. That void that once tormented my soul at night vanished completely and was replaced by an indescribable peace. At last, I was in one accord with my God. The love and genuine care I received from my brothers and sisters attending this mission trip was a little taste of what heaven will be like. I found the true meaning of happiness and success by doing God’s will. I never want to return to my old ways. I am in love with my savior and I must continue telling the world about His tender mercies and love for humanity. Now I understand Jesus’ commission “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14
We parted daily to the mission field by asking God to Give Us Iceland or We’ll Die.
Sayi Figueroa, USA
GYC Missionary to Iceland, 2019
Sayi Figueroa has worked as a school administrator in NYC for more than 15 years. She is also an adjunct professor at the City College of New York for the Special Education and School Leadership Department. She is committed to sharing God’s love with the students and families in the inner cities.
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