To belong to Jesus is to embrace the nations with Him. –John Piper
As some of you might know, I am the student ministry assistant here at Beltway Park's North Campus, and I have to say that I absolutely love my job. Working with the student ministry has been one of the greatest blessings in my life. I have had the opportunity to get to know the most amazing, selfless, encouraging, and loving students ever. They have consistently made me laugh, loved me in all my flaws, and taught me so much over the past year and half. So it is with both great sadness and excitement that I announce that my time of serving here at the North Campus has (almost) come to an end.
Since becoming a follower of Jesus, the Lord has been leading me on a journey of learning how to embrace the nations. Over the past 10 years of my life, the Lord has been taking me on adventure after adventure into the world of missions. From the time I was in middle school, I have been going on any mission trip I could get signed up for, from one-week trips to a 3-month trip. And 9 mission trips and 8 countries later, God has finally made it official and allowed me to take on my dream job as a missionary.
While being on mission for God can take place at any time and any place, in this season of life, the Lord is leading me to work with a specific ministry. In June, I will be moving to Lubbock, TX to work with Prepare International (PI) as a missionary of operations and short-term missional development. For any who are unfamiliar with PI, they are a faith-based ministry that develops international training schools that cultivate and teach spiritual leaders of the nations to win souls, make disciples, plant churches, and lead existing churches. PI is currently involved in making disciples in 25 different nations around the world. My role at PI will be handling the operations that make all of this possible. I will be doing lots of administrative things such as booking flights, and keeping up with the calendars of PI travelers, overseeing communication around the world, helping to publish books and develop training materials, leading an internship program, travelling 2-4 times a year overseas, and leading short term mission trips in the summer, among other things.
While I am looking forward to jumping into this world of embracing the nations, I am also so excited that I still have the next 6 months to continue working at the North Campus. I can’t wait to spend as much time as possible cherishing all of the memories of time well spent with my favorite students. It’s going to be a blast.
So for now, always, and forever Summit Salute.
A note from Braden:
I cannot begin to tell you what an absolute blessing Maitlyn has been to myself, this ministry, and our church. Long before I came to BSM North, Maitlyn was working tirelessly behind the scenes prepping games, working on budgets, planning, dreaming, and above all – loving students. Never once has she asked for gratitude. Never once has she sought to be recognized for her long hours. Never once has she asked for any accolade. She has been an unfailing example of the love, the humility, and the servant that we see in Jesus.
And so although we feel a deep sadness as she prepares to leave, we also feel an immense joy for this next season in her life. I can speak for all of us at Beltway Park when I say that we are thankful to God for allowing her to spend so many years here and touch so many lives. And we are even more thankful and excited that her journey is just beginning!