I had some people who asked me why I would choose to serve in the Peace Corps as a Christian. PC is a government agency that has no religious affiliation, and some people thought I ought to go into the mission field rather than PC. I struggled with this for awhile, but then realized who am I to argue against God’s will?
When I was interning in Washington, D.C., I began the application process with Peace Corps. As I was in the initial stages, I struggled with knowing whether it was my desire to do this, or God’s will. However, one morning as I was riding the bus to work, I had my mp3 player on and a song popped up, called Two Weeks in Africa. Now, the words themselves did not relate especially to joining the Peace Corps, but it was one of those inexplicable moments when I clearly heard God’s voice saying “Go”. I felt an indefinable sense of power behind the words, and committed completely at that moment to serve wherever He sent me. Why? I still am unsure. God is choosing to only reveal a small bit of my journey at a time, which makes me rely on and trust in Him even more.
As I go about my service, I can see God’s hand all around me, pointing me in the right direction and giving me strength when I am down. This morning, as I struggled with something, I glanced at a quote I had written down months ago. It was from a song called “Lead Me” by Sanctus Real (give it a listen, if you haven’t heard of it): “Father give me the strength to be everything I’m called to be. Oh Father, show me the way to lead them.” Immediately I was in tears, once again hearing the God of the universe speaking to me, assuring me. I realized that God was reaching out to me through a song, telling me that it would all be ok, and He had reasons for putting difficult things in my path.
Being a Christian in the Peace Corps can be hard. Few PCVs consider themselves Christians, so I’m by far in the minority with not much of a PCV support group. Furthermore, church can be a hard thing to find. Now yes, there are churches all over my village, but they are completely in Setswana, and many churches here blend African religion and Christianity. However, being removed from the distractions of the modern world, I have been able to delve into His word and strengthen my relationship with Him by leaps and bounds. I look forward to seeing where I will be in two years, and finding out what God has in store for me.
So, though PC tends to draw people who don’t affiliate themselves with any sort of religion, sometimes PC is the right path for a Christian. I just have to have faith in God and what lies ahead!