Experiencing GOD talks about watching to see where GOD is working in the world. And often times we think of places, maybe the mission field or a secular urban city. But in my decades of ministry experience I have often found GOD working in young adults. Young adults like Elisa Brown.
Just before the turn of the century, Elisa was in lay leadership at Forest Lake Church’s Deeper, actively involved with a team that was forming young adult community during a very difficult time in the church’s history. As a form of support, a sister church constructed a prayer room within the Forest Lake Church to help the members/staff through a time of stress/hurt/recovery. It was very meaningful Elisa and her peers, that would have a rippling effect in the years to come.
In 2001, GODencounters started with young adults leaders like Elisa and the Deeper team, basically wanting to encourage young adults to pursue a 24/7 experience of the living GOD. Elisa served as our coordinator of volunteers in 2005 when we gave special emphasis to prayer. She has been actively involved with GODencounters throughout, sharing Jesus with thousands of young adults both locally and nationally.
GOD has lit a fire in Elisa.
An employment opportunity moved her to the Chicagoland area in 2006, but this did not deter Elisa’s efforts to continue to share Jesus. There in Illinois Conference, she was instrumental in starting Oasis, fostering young adult community with GOD and each other. The Young Adult Convocation which convenes each summer is an outgrowth of Oasis.
And the fire keeps spreading.
Elisa’s passion for prayer and GODencounters has spurred her to share with her workplace and community. She served in leadership at the Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, where she helped in coordinating a 24/7 prayer room in their chapel. The story was picked up by the Chicago Tribune and received national coverage in USA Today.
But GOD is fanning the flame further.
After many months of prayerful deliberation, Elisa has accepted an opportunity to work with Adventist Health International in Malawi, AFRICA in the areas of Finance and Administration. She will be leaving for Malawi in July 21 and has committed to living there for 2 years. During this time she will be living at Malamulo Seventh-day Adventist Hospital. One can keep up with her adventures at her blog. There are many needs in Malawi and especially with the hospitals and clinics in the country. Currently Engineers Without Borders is working to completely rebuild the water system which will cost approximately $300,000-400,000. There are other needs like satellite internet, vehicle repairs, missionary support, computers, etc. If anyone is able or willing to help financially please direct your tax deductible donation to Adventist Health International and mark it “Malawi”. Most of all please remember Elisa in your prayers as she makes this transition.
GOD has responded to Elisa’s prayer by revealing His will. Watching GOD work through Elisa, observing Him ask her to move to Africa has been inspiring. It is profound how prayer has invaded every aspect of her life; GOD has fueled His fire, offering Elisa her next challenge overseas. And she is joining GOD in what He is doing.
Elisa has a wonderful story. But this is only one of countless stories of GODfollowing young adults changing the world for Jesus. We will miss Elisa’s leadership as part of the Young Adult Ministry Advisory, but wholeheartedly support what GOD is doing through her life. I write this to affirm Elisa and commend her faithfulness to the conversations she has been having with Christ. I see a sincere heart of service in her that exemplifies the Savior’s passion in so many ways.
Where in the world is GOD? I see Him working in the lives of countless young adults. Young adults who are recklessly walking in His footsteps, spreading His fame. Young adults like Elisa Brown.