Saying Yes Without All the Answers

God has nudged me into many adventures over the years.

Gail Porter with Chris Lawrence

A theme I have learned through the years is "just say yes and let God do the rest."

This theme surfaced when I was asked to live in South Korea for six months and help with the EXPLO '74 conference. My faith grew tremendously as I watched more than 1 million people gather in Yoido Plaza, eager to know more about God.

Originally, I became a Cru staff member to put my administrative skills to use. I am not an adventurous person, but God has nudged me into many adventures over the years.

Before the 6 months in Korea ended, I was challenged to stay in Asia to work at our Asian headquarters located then in the Philippines. I said yes -- I had already fallen in love with Asian people and I saw their hunger for God. Besides administrative work, I was involved with ministry to Filipino students and professionals. It was a dream  job.

What started as 6 months turned into 23 years in Asia. Each year was unique, and I saw God's faithfulness more and more.

Once while at a conference with my boss, Thomas Abraham, he told fellow leaders, "By the way, Gail is available to come and help train your secretaries."

We had not talked about it and we still joke about it to this day. Yet if it had not happened like this, I might have said no because I felt unprepared.

I had the privilege of training women in 7 countries within Cru offices as well as in secular citywide seminars. This experience uncovered my passion for developing women and led me to say yes to helping create The Significant Woman, a life-coaching discipleship tool for women.

I realize that I don't have to have all my questions answered or all the details in place.  I can leave the results of my decision to God. Through saying yes to God's opportunities, I have experienced more than I ever could have imagined.      

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