For Sarah Beard, learning to trust God and lay down her own life for Him was one thing. But when she felt God ask her to lay down the lives of her children and travel to South Sudan as a family to be missionaries, she had to wonder if she’d heard Him correctly.
“That was actually part of a big defining moment for us going over to South Sudan. When we got accepted in January to go, one of the questions they asked us is easy to explain yourself. Are you prepared to lay down your life for the Lord? And that’s of course, yes. But then they said, are you willing to lay down the lives of your children?”
“As a mum that really struck a chord with me. And I thought, what am I doing? How can I take my kids into this country where I don’t know about safety or anything like that? Am I really prepared to lay down my kid’s lives?”
Sarah said she really wrestled with that question for quite a while. As part of her research, she Googled the most dangerous countries in the world, and South Sudan came up as number three. Again, her first thought was, how can we do this?
“And then that very same morning, I was driving to school and Vision was on in the car. Becci was sharing the verses to ponder on, which for that day happened to be Psalm 55:22. And I thought, ok I’ll listen to it. This would be a great verse for me to share with my friend who was struggling a bit at work. So I went back home and pulled out my Bible and then I read the whole passage. And in that instant, it was like, no, this is for me.”
Cast your burden on the Lord,
And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
– Psalm 55:22
Sarah shares that through listening to Vision, she realised that God was speaking to her about her own fortress. South Sudan was surrounded by war and conflict and violence, but she had no choice but to trust in Him.
“The verse was ‘cast your burdens on the Lord and he will sustain you. He will never permit the righteous to be moved.’ And the very last sentence of the chapter was, ‘but I will trust in You’. That’s what just bought it all home for me. We were going.”
“I can do nothing but trust in God. The best thing I can do for my kids to protect them, is to put my faith and my trust fully in God.”
Listen to Sarah share her story with Robbo and Becci on Rise & Shine below.
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