How I Learned to Pray

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One night, earlier this year, I was on Facebook when I saw advertising for the GYC mission trip to Iceland. I have always wanted to go to Iceland, so I clicked on it to see when the dates were. My heart sank, August 8th-18th! The busiest time of the year for me. So I went to bed and told myself to just forget about it. But as hard as I tried it wouldn’t leave my mind.

A few days later I mentioned the trip to my parents and they encouraged me to sign up. I still wasn’t ready to send in the application. I figured I would never get the time off work and get everything done in time. Little did I know that God had other plans. To make a long story short, I got the time off work and all the sponsors that I needed, my passport came in two weeks and before I could even think I was on a plane to Iceland. It’s an understatement to say that I was nervous because I was very nervous! I had never flown that far by myself to meet people and do something that I had never done before.

When I arrived in Iceland I found out that we were going to be passing out GLOW and praying with people in the towns around where we were staying. My mind started going crazy! I am not a person that just likes to knock on doors and pray with strangers. But it wasn’t like I could just go home – I was thousands of miles away. So I sent up a little prayer for help because there was no way that I could do this alone.

After the first couple of days, I really started to miss home. I started to miss my Mom the most; we are very close. I called her one night crying because I really just wanted to go home. She then asked me why and I started to tell her. Then it hit me! Was I willing to give up on the people in Iceland just because I wanted to be home? Maybe there is just one person there that needed a smile or needed me to hand them a GLOW tract and pray with them. Maybe one day they would be in heaven because of it. Was I willing to give all that up? My mom then told me that I would be okay and that I could do this.

The next day, I was in Jonathan Walter’s car and we were in our area getting ready to start the day. I then heard him say “Sarah, are you ready?” Everything inside me was screaming no, but all that would come out of my mouth was yes. As I got out of the car I was totally freaking out. I had never done anything like this by myself before and I didn’t think that I could do it. I then began to pray for peace, strength, knowledge, and to not get lost. As much as I hate to admit it, I can get lost super easy. After praying that prayer I had so much peace. A peace that I had never felt about anything!

There are many other stories that I could tell you, but I believe that this is what has made the most impact on me. On this mission trip, I learned so much about prayer. I learned that I can talk to God about every single little thing in life and that I can pray all day. I had grown up praying but before the mission trip, I would just pray to God when I needed something. Not as a true friend.

I am so thankful that God made a way for me to go on this mission trip even when I thought it wasn’t possible. He knew that it would draw me closer to Him and that it would change my life forever. Thank you so much GYC for making a difference in the lives of not just the people in Iceland but also others around the world.

Sarah Lake, USA
GYC Missionary to Iceland, 2019

Sarah Lake is the Office Manager at Horse Plus Humane Society. She has a passion for missions, horses, and her family. Sarah is active in her local church youth ministry and looks forward to serving God wherever He leads.

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