Published on 16 October 2020
It was back in 1995 when I received a call for mission. On one day two people, who don’t know each other at all, sent me the words of Luke 10:2 – “the fields are ripe to harvest but the workers are few.”
Although I tried to find some work at several mission organisations, I found that all of those doors were closed to me at the time. Consequently, a time of healing, teaching and character building followed.
In 2013, just before I moved with my family from Amsterdam to Birmingham (for my husband’s theological training for priesthood) I received the words ‘tend my flock’. While in Birmingham I met a vicar who specialised in pastoral care, and that felt like God was showing and affirming to me the direction for my ministry.
After two years we moved to South Ockendon for my husband’s curacy. During that time I was able to explore my vocation by talking to the rector, and various other people at a vocational day in the area. All confirmed that Licensed Lay Ministry (LLM) would be the way forward for me.
I started my LLM training in Chelmsford. But halfway through the training we moved again when my husband was appointed to his first post in Tas Valley, Norfolk. The transfer came with challenges, but I received all the support I needed to finish my training.
On 19 September 2020 I was licensed in Norwich Cathedral, which was a special mark on the journey that started long ago.
Responding to God’s calling has been like stepping into an adventure, and learning to trust that God will lead, guide and equip you on that journey.