Surrender & Submission
David Vandenbroek is a Gen Y, living in Ontario. He is preparing to leave Canada for Torit, South Sudan in October, 2019. There he will be involved in A.I.M’s efforts at partnership with local churches in outreach and discipleship.
This is his story.
I was born to missionary parents in Senegal, West Africa where I lived for my first 11 years. I have 2 sisters and 3 brothers. I worship in a small church community, and serve as a small group leader, a Sunday school teacher and a tech/media support assistant when needed. I enjoy the outdoors particularly biking and swimming.
I learnt about Jesus Christ early in my life as devotions was the center of our daily activities as a family. However, it must be noted that my parents’ calling as missionaries was not the catalyst that has placed me on my present path. I cherish growing up in Senegal. There were so many outdoor fun things to do with my siblings. I also enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with my dad as he fostered relationships with locals in our neighbouring villages. When challenged by my parents to consider following in their footsteps, I was adamant that being a missionary was not in my DNA.
We moved back to Canada I found the transition very stressful. I would dare say that it was downright unpleasant. While it offered a comfortable existence, it was not satisfying! I immersed myself in church life, and embraced financial gain as my new ‘god’. I worked very hard and made financial strides but became restless in my soul. I sensed that I was experiencing a prompting from God to identify the things that would bring greater relevance to my life since my soul was not being satisfied.
In January 2012 I left for Australia with the hope of finding myself. Instead, I ‘found’ Jesus! God worked ‘in me’ and ‘on me’ for a period of 60 days. During this time He called me to total obedience to His will for my life. I surrendered and submitted to His plan wherever He was leading. He then placed in my heart a deep and insatiable desire to return to the continent of my birth and serve Him as a missionary.
I have humbly accepted His plan for my life.
Saying goodbye is not easy – I will miss my family and my church community. Yet, I am looking forward to being stretched by God as I learn a new language, relearn what it is to be an African and embrace my ‘new’ culture. I must also connect with individuals and churches to seek prayer and financial partners, complete my Bible training, sell my vehicle and eliminate all ‘un-necessaries’ as only 2 pieces of luggage are allowed. This journey has made me trust my Father God like never before. His words found in Romans 14: 7 & 8 (NIV) serve as my guide.
For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
I am excited at the prospect of God using me to grow His Kingdom as I walk alongside brothers and sisters in Christ in Central Africa.
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