I am a missionary with LAM Canada, serving as the Short Term Coordinator for Latin Link in Costa Rica.
“You were meant for something bigger than Surrey.”
These were the words that haunted me almost nightly in 2009, until one night it was so strong I could not brush it off any longer. I called a friend who responded, with a twinkle in her eye, “Kayla! Missions!” Horrified, I explained how ridiculous it would be for me to get into missions; I was not a traveller, how could I go serve overseas and teach people about Jesus? I wasn’t educated enough; I didn’t grow up in the typical Christian culture, I never even went to youth group!
I quickly learned that God was bigger than my weak excuses and before I knew it, I was packed up and headed to Costa Rica (which I had never even heard of before the process had begun) on my very first missions trip. Almost immediately my heart was filled with a love for the nation; its people, language and the famous gallo pinto.
4 years and 3 trips later, I was overwhelmed by God’s faithfulness and the opportunities to return to the ‘pura vida’ lifestyle. I was excited to see what God has in store for me as I take on the role of Short Term Coordinator for Latin Link Costa Rica (a sister organization of LAM Canada).
I know that prayer and an obedient heart have been two key factors in the blessings I have received.
- For spiritual and physical protection, that I not be intimidated by spiritual warfare but instead would be empowered and unafraid to be present in the battle.
- For my improved Spanish comprehension.
- For healthy, uplifting relationships. I want to be a shining light and drench others in love. This is only possible if I am also nourished by people loving me.