Through working in Hilo, HI, a melting pot of cultures, God has opened my eyes to the world. I've served overseas in several different areas of the world: Central America, South America, East Asia and in various locations across the U.S. However, at least outside of the U.S., I had been ministering to primarily one main people group.
Here, I have been blessed with the opportunity to minister to students from all over the globe. Some from countries I had never even heard of until I came here.
As I talk with these students and listen to their stories, my eyes are opened to the world around me. The wars, freedom, the struggles, the beauties. It was so easy to live, as I grew up, in my quiet little town, pretending there was nothing outside of Texas. After hearing these students' stories, after going through this bit of life with them, I can no longer sit idly knowing that everyday, people around me are leaving this earth (approximately 150,000 each day), most of which do not know the Hope that I have to share. That we have to share.
Growing up in the Bible Belt, I just assumed every person I ran into was a believer. That's the mindset I've had to battle every day I've been on this Island, because the truth is, that's far from the truth! Please pray with me as God prepares those whom He has called to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
"He told them, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.'" Luke 10:2
Ernest "Jude" Davis, a graduate student at Wayland Baptist University, is currently serving as a Go Now semester missionary in Hilo, HI.