Excerpt from Sandra Dillon’s LWI El Salvador 2016 Mission Journal (November 2, 2016)
I typically write my closing journal entry several days after returning from mission, so that I have time not only to unpack my bags but also the messages God shares with me during the week. Although I know God uses my hands and feet on the ground to serve, I am also to receive. God did not disappoint. I believe he put all the pieces together for me starting from my journey to Kenya in 2013, Haiti in 2014, Honduras in 2015, and then Kenya and El Salvador in 2016. Besides these short-term mission trips, God placed on my heart Shine Crossings and World Changers on Mission (WCoM). At the end of 2015, God closed the door to my employment at TPC Group and opened another door for me to attend Liberty University full-time to purse my second Masters which is in Human Services Counseling, Life Coaching. God made this all possible by bringing Darin into my life as a soulmate, supporter, and now financial leader of our home, so I could walk through the threshold and into the calling God has for my life. God has a plan, and I am living it!
Two years prior, God told me to watch for the Cross laid over the Star of David. Well, the corners of that star started to take shape about 6 months ago. God gave me the vision of the first triangle with corners of church (people), mission (developmental service), and business (enterprises). After my trip to Kenya in early 2016 another inverted triangle started to take form with dignity (in service). This trip completed the other two points of this triangle which are equipped (where we stand) and connectivity (God has no borders). So, when you put the two triangles together you have the Star of David. When I stepped into the Tabernacle Church in El Salvador and saw their emblem, the message was that Christ covers it all. The puzzle is complete. I believe when God told me to look for the Cross over the Star of David, he was telling me that he had given me everything. It is done! Now go!
I will be honest. I’m a bit scared. Not scared of failure, but just scared, because it is just so overwhelmingly big. Therefore, I remind myself again of TD Jakes’ message at the Global Leadership Summit (GLS). If you can accomplish your dream on your own, you are not dreaming big enough. I am also reminded of the bracelet that God encouraged me to buy just weeks before mission—FEARLESS. Dream big! Fearless! And fear less! I better embrace it all, and as I like to coach others and must take my own advice—just MOVE! GO! Have no fear, God is with you always.