About Summer Missions


“I was terrified about making the wrong decision so much so that it kept me from making any decision at all.”

My experience on a Summer Mission last summer caused a serious longing for adventure to take up residence in my heart. Sure, there was pressure to pursue an internship that would build my resumé, but I felt the Holy Spirit calling me in a different direction.

God took many opportunities to develop my heart for the Middle East during the last school year. While on my previous Summer Mission trip, a visitor spoke on various worldwide unreached people groups. When a specific Middle Eastern group appeared on the screen during the presentation, I felt God tug on my heart and lead me toward this part of the world for the first time. Still, my heart was so conflicted between a need to launch my career and a desire to serve the Lord.

I took a faithful step to apply for Oasis and, after I was accepted, I only felt affirmation that this was exactly what God wanted me to do. Books I was reading at the time, relationships, and flooding support were just a few examples of confirmation that I was following His lead. Through my internal conflict, I learned that when we make a faithful attempt to not allow indecision keep us from experiencing God, we can rest in His promises and enjoy the adventure He has planned for us.

Lauren attended Oasis in 2014.

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