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Cheryl Rocks.

Andy Lashley - Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Care to be simultaneously inspired and challenged today? Consider this: tomorrow (Jan. 17), Cheryl Bode is up and moving to Africa to be a full-time missionary. Also consider that Cheryl has a great American life here.  Wonderful family, great nursing career, lots of friends, you know…the works. But three or so years ago, Cheryl decided that the tug she felt pulling on her heart was too great to ignore. She dropped everything and went to Ghana, where she worked for about a year, helping to start a medical clinic and doing immeasurable good in the name of Jesus. Now, she’s at it again, this time headed for Tanzania’s Chimala mission.

As for the specifics of what Cheryl will be doing and to hear her stories from the field, you’ll want to check out her blog at cherylinchimala.blogspot.com. 

Cheryl’s is the kind of a story that does more than just prompt us to be praying for her and the work in Chimala, although she very much covets those prayers. For her to leave the comforts of here in the prime of life is the kind of eye-opening decision that forces me to think unsettling thoughts about what I’m doing with my time and talents to serve God. Maybe you experience the same reaction. That’s a good thing.

Thank you, Cheryl, for what you’re doing. You will bless people and grow God’s kingdom directly – that’s for certain. But your example will also provoke action from others who may have needed that extra push to walk through a door that God has opened. We love you!