Melanie Jorgenson

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Melanie Jorgenson

Start Date: December 2015

End Date: January 2017

University: Rockhurst University (Kansas CIty, MO)

Year Graduated: 2013

Personal Blog: https://hugsfromhonduras.wordpress.com/


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Why did you decide to serve the mission at Farm of the Child?

My process of discernment was under way long before Farm of the Child was even on my radar. It began when God wrecked my dreams and began leading me down the path toward a life of service. And along the way I slowly began to open my heart and allow Him to change my dreams into His. But honestly, the decision to serve the mission at the Farm was not one that I made; it was God who chose me to serve Him through this mission of love. God’s hand was in every aspect of this process and He opened many doors to make this opportunity possible for me. He so clearly illuminated my path; I knew without a doubt that this was what He was asking of me. All that was left was for me to say yes and step out of the boat and into the middle of His will. How could I not give Him my sí after He endured the cross for me? I am so humbled that God would choose me to serve in this way. The thought of giving my life in service to others – especially at the Farm – makes my heart sing with joy. I cannot wait to see how God works in me and through me as I begin this adventure of love.
What do you hope to experience through your ministry at Farm of the Child?

I hope to truly enter into the lives of the children – to share in their sorrows and their joys, to help them heal from past hurts, and to be a reflection of God’s love for them through my actions. I hope to find joy through serving in the little ways and to grow in humility and faithfulness. I hope to learn to love boldly and without holding back – to love the children even when they lash out, to love my fellow missionaries even when they challenge me, and to love God even in the midst of my struggles. I want to give fully of myself without counting the cost and to be filled as I pour myself out in service to others. I hope that God will use my experiences on the Farm – be they joyful or challenging – to mold me into the person He created me to be and to teach me to trust without borders.

 

What are you most excited about/nervous for as you prepare to arrive?

I could not be more excited to meet the beautiful children at the Farm, to learn from them and to love and serve them in the little ways. I cannot wait to get to know my fellow missionaries and to live in an intentional community characterized by faith, charity and service. I am excited for the opportunity to live a simple life in solidarity with my Honduran brothers and sisters and to use my Spanish fluency daily to communicate and build relationships with them.

I would be lying if I did not also state that serving in this way is utterly terrifying. Serving at the Farm requires me to step out of my comfort zone and into the unknown, where I am completely dependent on my Heavenly Father’s provision for my needs. I think I am most nervous about not being enough or having the capacity to give and to love enough as I strive to serve my brothers and sisters. I am still asking the question, “Who me…a missionary?” because, while I know without a doubt that this is where I am called to serve, I also know that I am just an ordinary girl who is called to play a specific role in the story God is writing in Honduras. And I don’t feel qualified. Day by day I am choosing to place my trust in God, praying that He would create in me a servant’s heart and make me always ready to love