As time continues to pass here at the University of Maryland, I find it beneficial to look back at what God has done in my life and evaluate what God has for me in the future. Circumstances a few weeks ago has allowed me to take an unusual pause that has caused me to reflect on what God may be trying to speak to me.
The ministry here at the University of Maryland poses unique challenges. With those challenges come unprecedented rewards. Until recently, I have been able to endure these challenges in stride and continue to function in the ministry here at Maryland Christian Fellowship. Two weeks ago, I had an acute anxiety panic attack. This attack was severe enough such that I was taken to the hospital, where I was diagnosed with depression. This on-site psychiatrist as well as a Christian psychologist confirmed this diagnosis.
This event has made me realize that I need more help than I am currently receiving. Additionally, through the council of Jeff Warner, my pastor and supervisor, GCM, as well as my counselor, I’ve decided to suspend responsibilities in ministry so that I can focus on getting better.
Since I’ve started this journey in healing, I have developed a team that I believe will help me be successful in discovering what God is trying to reveal to me. The good news is that we are making progress. While there isn’t much to report to you now, I intend to keep you updated so that you may continue to pray for my heart to heal.
Since I am unsure what the future holds, I have decided to take a three-month unpaid leave of absence from my missionary duties. During this time, I will look for secular employment. GCM and MCF have both offered assistance during this time as well as to help in part with my counseling and medical coverage.
I thank you all so much for your support over the past year. And with your prayers, I hope to return in the Spring.