Driven by not just a heavenly calling, but a personal passion, Annette was overjoyed to join OM for her 10th short-term trip overall and 2nd time to Hungary.
This enthusiastic, loving volunteer hails from Manchester, England, where she works as a part time support worker, assisting kids with autism.
With a heartbreaking story of medical issues, bullying, and pain, Annette’s childhood wasn’t what anyone could call normal. But, despite all the odds stacked against her, Annette chose to trust in the One who created her to be so fearfully and wonderfully made. Inspired by Joni Eareckson Tada’s story of overcoming pain, Annette sought to appreciate who the Lord made her to be. Annette shared, “Through reading that [Joni Eareckson Tada’s] book, God showed me about just how He was molding me, how He was making me to be just like Himself and doing it to just draw me closer to Him.”
Annette’s commitment to overcoming struggles and following the Lord’s unique calling for her life has carried her far into adulthood, where she is now heavily involved in European ministry. With experience in countries all around Eastern Europe, it’s evident that the Lord has placed this region on her heart. Annette beamingly shared, “I just have begun to have a real heart and passion for the countries that are around sort of the Danube river. From like Austria to certainly like the Ukraine and particularly for the Roma community. I’m kind of working that out, seeing where I’m meant to be. I’ve been to Austria, I’ve been to Romania, I’ve been to Hungary (twice), I’ve been to Russia, and I plan to go to Moldova next year. One of the things I’m kind of reminded in it all is the that the Roma community is massive and I didn’t think up until earlier this year, or it didn’t occur to me, that the Roma community is in Austria.”
Sometimes the Lord allows us to go through the struggles we go through so that in the end, we come out not just stronger, but with a story that can inspire a nation, and that’s just what happened with Annette. Her childhood struggles turned to testimonies of faith and endurance have allowed her to connect and share with a whole group of people she never would have been able to relate to before. Like Jeremiah 29:11 so famously states, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Just like Annette, your story is unique. Your calling is unique. It’s exactly what it needs to be in order for the Lord to use you in more perfect ways than you could ever imagine. Will you allow Him to work and create you into His vessel?
To learn more about the opportunities Annette has been involved in and see where God may be calling you, read here.