Monday, April 25, 2011


I've had so much on my mind recently. I told my friend Werm the other day that I feel like I need to blog every day for a week, just so I can put it all into words. I'm not sure I'm quite disciplined enough to make that happen...but it would be nice to get it out of my head.

Today, I'm going to touch on the fact that I feel like my calling has been even more reaffirmed recently. Yes, I have felt for a while that the Lord has gifted me with teenagers...and in that, a couple of months ago I got redirected from wanting to teach, to knowing I need to be in full time ministry.

However, there are teenagers in every country. And with so many Christ-followers doing missions all over the world, sometimes I wonder if I'm taking the "easy" route and just wanting to stay in America to be comfortable or something. (Even though I've felt called to be here.)

But it has been clear to me before, and has become clear to me again....just because we are Americans, doesn't mean people aren't completely broken here. Just because we do have access to the Word of God, doesn't mean that people even know anything about it. Just because we have money and "stuff," doesn't mean that people don't betray us and hurt us to the point that we don't know if we can believe in a good God.

Just because these teenagers have cars and cell phones and nice clothes, doesn't mean they don't need love and Truth just as much as a teenager in Africa who has never heard of Christ.

I truly believe that. Not to say that teenager in Africa doesn't deserve love and the chance to know Christ - they totally do. But take, for example, a former student of mine. Before walking into YoungLife, she did not know the Lord. She needed love and Truth spoken into her life. And now, because of that and the ways it changed her, she is spending all summer spreading the Word of God to the people of India.

Build them up, and teach them to walk it out. Whether that means in America, Africa, India, China, Chile...anywhere! As for me, I'll be here for now. Maybe going on the occasional mission elsewhere. But chances are you'll typically find me loving on some great students at the nearest high school. And I'll be loving every second of it.

God bless.


Edit: Kasey's comment made me realize I would like to say that I am by no means saying that wanting to do world missions is by any way bad or wrong. I think it is wonderful! This post was only to sort out my thoughts on what I know I personally am called to right now. And about feeling secure in it because of what I have been recently reminded of about our own country. We are all different parts of One Body - and I'm thankful we're at work all over this world.


KTrowhill said...

Katie you are adorable! :)

First, off what I think you are doing is awesome, because I look back and if it wasn't for our relationship and tough talks, and then the girls leading me in college... I would not be where I am today. Even if people don't come to Christ the first couple of times, sow broadly and the planting the seeds can be just enough on that person!

I feel like people are called to do different things by God and the more you pray about things, the more your heart grows for it. As for my heart, it goes out to the international students on campus and reaching closed countries. My niche isn't mainly with Americans - not to say that I don't live out my faith and speak the truth to them, I do. But my focus is processes with international students.

Katie, I am so excited for your life and what you are doing now as well as in the future! You are an incredible inspiration! I am very blessed to be so close to you! Love ya!


Katie Loew said...

First of all, for anyone reading this, I'd like to point out that Kasey is the one I referenced in this post. And I am so proud of her!

Kasey -

I added an edit to my post because of your comment. I COMPLETELY believe we are called to do different things. We wouldn't be a very effective body if we all did the same things! And I know where your heart is and I love it and am so proud of you. You know I support you and am so glad we did have those "tough talks" back in the day.

Thank you so much for your kind words! God has humbled me so much through you and I am just honored He has let me be a part of your walk.

I love you too and I can't wait for your summer!


Shawn said...

love it or leave it is what i always say

Shawn said...

also be sure to follow me! is the one i update most frequently. so yeah.

Katie Loew said...

haha, shawn. at first i was like, "aw shawny, you blog?" and then i looked at it. as happy as i am that you are teaching the great students of glendale high school, i'm not sure i need to be updated on your daily assignments! ha