Prayer works.

ashley_blog-prayer_worksA little over a week ago, on Monday night, I flew to Orlando, Florida for a week of New Staff Training at Reliant Missions (the organization formerly known as Great Commission Ministries) HQ. I spent 8am-9pm each day learning about Reliant policies, health benefits, retirement plans and how to share my vision of what God is doing in San Salvador through me.

This had every potential to be incredibly stressful and overwhelming.

But prayer works. In the weeks leading up to the training, I knew the potential for complete emotional, professional and spiritual anxiety, so I beat Satan to the punch and asked for prayer. I asked my Youth co-leaders to pray. I asked my LifeGroup bible study to pray. I asked my best friends to pray. I asked Dewey to pray.

And it worked. I was saturated every day with information imperative to my success as an international missionary. I became a sponge and soaked it all in. I know that I am working in God’s will because I worked harder over the past week than I have in all of my past 5 years of teaching. Through the hours of hard work and hundreds of informational PowerPoints, I never once became overwhelmed. At the end of the weeklong training, I knew what had to be done and I knew how to do it. I just wanted to get started.

My Prayer Warriors’ work isn’t finished!

Now that I am back home in Columbus, I am hitting the ground running. My life now consists of phone calls to set up appointments, appointments to build my Ministry Team, Rock City Youth to keep me fresh and cool, my Premier Designs business to finance my life once my teaching paychecks cease and whatever else gets thrown into the mix. NOW is the time when overwhelmation and stress can bring me down. But my eyes are on Jesus and “that exhilarating finish in and with God.” Jesus has done what I am doing. He has run towards God, bringing everyone with him. He never lost sight of where he was headed and tolerated everything along the way. {Hebrews 12:1-3 MSG} I believe in a Savior who understands my anxiety because he has experienced the same anxiety firsthand.

My plea for my Prayer Warriors is that they would ask God that I remember His son’s example and run this race without fear and without exhaustion. This is God’s plan and nothing can get in the way of its completion. I need only a mustard seed of faith.

Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her! {Luke 1:45}

With God as my strength and the Salvadoran Youth as my motivation, I will not tire.

Look up there ➶ At the top of the page, I have added a “Devotions” section to the site! This is where you will find my ministry prayer requests & praises! Join the Prayer Warrior Tribe!