Experiencing GOD: Where in the World is GOD?

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 is but one flame of many that are ignited.

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.

About A Allan Martin, PhD, CFLE

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11 Responses to Experiencing GOD: Where in the World is GOD?

  1. Jason m. w. says:

    I’ll miss Elisa and our friendship but very excited that her adventure in serving Christ has taken her to an amazing opportunity. Looking forward to see her blog updates from her new world.

  2. Rachel says:

    I am so blessed to count Elisa among my friends. Her faith in God and her adventurous walk are always sources of inspiration for me. I am excited to keep up with her as she goes on this next faith-leap!

  3. Todd says:

    I know that the people of Malawi will be very blessed as they get to know Elisa. We first met in a Bible study/prayer group at Forest Lake Church a few years back, and I always remember she had a large heart for showing people Jesus. And now, just like that, she’s really getting to put that into action in such a wonderful way! I know God will bless those around her over there the same way He has back here in the States!

  4. Dany says:

    Rock on Elisa! You will have ALL of DEEPER praying for you… And when you get back can we be first in line? Blessings my friend!

  5. Tara VinCross says:

    Elisa, you will most definitely be missed! I admire your faith, courage, and continued willingness step out and join where you see God working in the world. As you leave in just a few days, know that we are praying for you! I can’t wait to read your reports of how you see God working! God bless you my friend!

  6. Manny Cruz says:

    Elisa,
    Thank you for your dedication to God and God’s children especially young adults. Your life testimony of service is an encouragement to me. Blessings.

  7. may you be blessed and bring glory to God in this next chapter of your life.

  8. La Tanya Greenidge says:

    Elisa, I don’t know you very well, but I did have the opportunity to sit next to you at Ignition during the Young Adult Advisory. Your hands flew on the keyboard keeping up with what was happening at the meeting. I was impressed.🙂 Very excited about this journey God has for you and blessings as you go on another God Adventure. I’ll check out your blog too.

  9. aamphd says:

    Hey Elisa! Tomorrow you head off on your latest GODadventure. May it be filled with wonder and inspiration! Know that our prayers are with you as well as our admiration for the difference you are making for the Kingdom! All the best to you safe travels and we look forward to hearing what GOD is doing in your NEW part of the world.

  10. Joyce Brown says:

    What an inspiration to read all the comments from friends of my daughter. I am also inspired to continue to seek God’s will in my life as I continue to release her to the Lord for His service. Continue to walk hand in hand with our Friend Jesus, dear Elisa. You are well loved, and missed when you are away, but we know you are where you are supposed to be. always remember where you have been led in your past experiences. Hugs and prayers go with you.

  11. elisa says:

    Oh how my heart is overflowing right now. I’m sitting in the airport bawling like a little kid. I’m on my way to Malawi and didn’t even know this post was here. Thank you so much for all of your prayers and encouragement. I just said goodbye to my family and haven’t stopped crying yet. I know this is the right thing but it isn’t any easier. Grieving and change are part of the process as well and laughing and adventure. I can’t tell you all how much you have encouraged me and blessed me in so many ways. I hope that I can continue to carry those blessings to others. Well – my plane is boarding and since my carry-ons are HUGE I better get in line! Love to you all —

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