Missionaries constantly come and go.
From every nation around the world, thousands of Elders and Sisters are called to serve.
We arrived in June 2021, during covid times, when there were few new arrivals.
Then, there were only 3 sister missionaries, Eleanor Goodall, Samantha Greenhalgh and Savannah Clark, in the mission.
Post covid, times have changed and there are now many more serving.
This week, I was reminded of a scripture from the New Testament.
“For even hereunto were ye called; because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:” (1 Peter 2:21).
Many are called to follow His steps, to become like Jesus Christ and “to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6).
The calls don’t occur, simply by chance or coincidence.
They happen by divine intervention, validated with the Lord’s signature.
They are personal.
In amongst last week’s arrivals, there was a familiar name and face.
Like her older sister Savannah, Madison had been called to serve in the Belgium Netherlands Mission.
A new beginning
On Friday, we had our first interview together in Amsterdam.
As we spoke, I recalled the many interviews I’d had with Savannah and our countless sweet memories.
Now, in that moment, living in the present, Madison and I started to write our new memories together.
Memories are timeless treasures of the heart.
In that moment, I felt a deep sense of gratitude for her presence in the mission, knowing that the call to serve here, in this mission, at this time, had been divinely designed for her.
I’ll never forget Savannah’s big black boots.
Having big shoes to fill, may present a challenge for some and for others it may be an opportunity.
Not everyone gets to start off in the footsteps of their older sister.
Madison, armed with her sisters’ knowledge and experience, won’t be walking in big black boots; she’ll be adding her unique personal touch by forging a new path in her very own shoes (sandals!).
I hope we all choose to follow the example of Jesus Christ and follow in His footsteps.
It’ll be worth every step we take.