Awake to Righteousness

-Missionary Lauren Grant

“Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame,” (1 Corinthians 15:34).
Although I grew up in a Christian family and was saved at a young age, it was many years later that I first became exposed to missions. As the Lord began to give me a burden for missions, He started to show me the great need for the gospel that exists around this world. I moved to Alpharetta, Georgia, to begin training for missions at the Our Generation Training Center in connection with Vision Baptist Church and Vision Baptist Missions. After a few months, I started to pray about where the Lord would have me go on a missions trip. God opened the door and provided the opportunity for me to visit the ministry in Arequipa, Peru.
It was during that trip that I knew that the Lord had not only called me into missions, but that He was calling me specifically to the country of Peru. Visiting the ministry in Peru opened my eyes and broke my heart for the great need that still exists among the people there! 
I never imagined that I would be serving the Lord in full-time ministry, much less serving Him in another country. But the truth is that we, as Christians, need to awake to righteousness and sin not because there are people all around this world who do not have the knowledge of God. They do not have the truth of the gospel. There is a whole world out there that is lost and headed for hell! The situation is desperate, and we know of the Savior who can give them the free gift of salvation. 1 Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” And yet there are millions in Peru today who do not know that truth. 
How can you look into the faces of men, women, boys, and girls who are striving so hard for their salvation and not desire to tell them the truth of the gospel? God gives us the command through His Word to go into all the world and tell others the truth. He gives us a desire in our hearts, and then He gives us an opportunity to serve Him. Latin America has a great need for the gospel, and there are millions of people who need to hear the truth! That command, that desire, and that need is what led me to Peru and Latin America. 

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