Spring 2016 :: Volunteer Highlight :: Sophia
Sophia is in the front row, far left

Sophia is a high school student who volunteered for the second time in Houston, TX. The 2016 Houston Mission Fest is a collaborative effort among five WELS congregations, four Lutheran high schools, *Praise and Proclaim Ministries, and Kingdom Workers.  

“At the end of the mission project, the Lord allowed 23 teens and 17 adults to share the gospel with 
people over a three-day period.” -Dave Malnes, President of Praise and Proclaim

Hear about this life-changing volunteer experience in Sophia’s own words:

"My name is Sophia and I am 15 years old. Currently, I am a sophomore at Illinois Lutheran High School. The Lord is a huge part of my life, and I love serving him with all I have been blessed with. 

My mission work was done in Fulshear, TX, at a church called A Mighty Fortress.  It is a mission church located in an office building. The main focus of our trip was to invite people to the church by canvassing around the community. The trip was about two weeks before Easter, so we had the perfect opportunity to invite people to the Easter service. 

I get goosebumps every time I tell this story. While canvassing, my friend Jazmaine and I came across a woman who was getting ready to leave her house. Even though she was busy, she talked to us for a while. She explained that she went to a church about 45 minutes away, but was looking for a Lutheran church much closer to home. (She wasn’t happy with the direction her current church was going, and was looking for one that teaches more of what the Bible teaches). She shared what she believed and eventually the conversation turned to our mission trip. We explained we had come from the Chicago area to Houston as part of a mission project. She seemed so interested in what we were doing. She told us that she would love to come and see the church. It made my heart so warm, and I truly felt the Lord speaking through me the entire time we were talking to her. It was such an amazing experience and opportunity. 

Volunteering for Kingdom Workers has changed my life in so many ways. I used to be a shy, quiet girl who kept to myself. Now, I love talking with people and sharing my faith with others. Volunteering has affected my spiritual life in so many ways. Sometimes I can’t comprehend that. He uses ME to plant his Word in the souls of strangers. I can’t convince the people to believe, but I get to plant the seed of faith in their hearts. The Holy Spirit will take care of the rest. 

I have come to the realization that God is always with me, and I shouldn’t be scared, ashamed, or embarrassed to share my faith. Sharing my faith makes me so incredibly happy. I am so much closer with my Lord and Savior. I now talk to him all the time and continually stay in the Word. I find life so much more beautiful and lively knowing that the Lord is with me at all times. I am so blessed to have been able to experience this mission trip. I hope that I can go on many more mission trips in the future. Hopefully, I can continue to spread his Word and beautiful message to others in my community and other places."

Pastor Reichel from A Mighty Fortress Lutheran Church shared:

"This was such a great opportunity for our members and even prospects to see the kind of support we have behind our new mission church. We aren't just an island by ourselves, doing our own thing or coming up with something on our own. We have a great network of support and fellow Christians who are invested in our gospel outreach here in Fulshear. Two brand new visiting families joined us on Easter Sunday. Praise God!" 

*Kingdom Workers partners with Praise and Proclaim Ministries: www.praiseandproclaim.com