Monday, October 12, 2015

A Change in Plans

L O V E is the secret of life that only God can give you (1 John 4:16). Before coming to Taiwan, I was studying Architecture at the university and working as an English Teacher at a preschool in Mexico.  Everything was “perfect” for me during that year just learning new things that I enjoy doing in the University, teaching amazing kids, serving God in Church with my boyfriend, helping in ministries with my parents and enjoying everything that I had. 

But after a year, the preschool payment was 4 months delayed and I needed to pay my tuition so I had to drop out of school because I couldn’t pay what I owed to the university. At first I did not understand why God allowed for me to stop studying because it’s very important to have a career support yourself in your daily life. After praying and asking God for his perfect plans and what He wanted me to do during this time that I would not be studying, He filled my heart with love and a joyfulness to keep serving Him and sharing his love with others. Now I had more time to be more involved in ministries at church and with my family. God was teaching me how to serve Him not just because I had to but out of L O V E that He has given to each one of us. And I understood that I was spending more time with things that are “necessary” in this world and will not last than in things that will last in the kingdom of God. 

Three months later, one midnight I just couldn’t sleep and I had a verse from  Matthew 19:29 in my mind: 
"And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name's sake, shall receive many times as much, and shall inherit eternal life."
I didn’t understand why I was thinking about this verse. While meditating on this verse, I got my phone to check the time because it was really late, and when I turned it on I saw a message from Cristina Guerra inviting me to teach English in Taiwan. 

At first I couldn’t believe that I was invited to teach in Taiwan because it had been one of my prayer requests that I had been praying about for two years. I was still meditating and talking to God about this invitation when my mom came into my room and told me that she had the “Oceans” Hillsong in her mind and felt that God was calling me out to the oceans. And that’s when I knew that God was calling me to come and teach in Taiwan, so I applied with a lot of faith, trusting in God’s perfect plan for me. I didn’t sign a one year contract at the Preschool, even when I wasn’t a 100% sure that I was coming to Taiwan.  

God had everything under control even when I thought that everything was wrong He showed me how GREAT is His unconditional L O V E for me. And now that I am serving God in Taiwan through God’s PERFECT L O V E I can share His L O V E to the students and people around me.  

~Maria Mojica

Maria Fernanda Mojica Reyes, is 20 years old, from Texas and Mexico, her father is American and mother is Mexican. She loves the LORD with all of her heart, soul, mind and strength, loves children, enjoys teaching, loves her family, and loves making new friends. This is her first year in Taiwan and she has really enjoyed working for King Car on the Yuli team in Hualien Township. She has also really enjoyed teaching all her lovely students. 

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