In my missionary story I have many different puzzle pieces but one of the first was my first overseas missions trip with Global Passion Ministries. They are a Northern Californian non-profit ministry that is passionate about seeing people having a missions experience and those called becoming missionaries.
My story is why Global Passion exists and I am so happy they do. I had a wonderful missions experience with them in Nicaragua in 2012. I came home not thinking of missions work for my life but I did come home loving missions, God and His people more and wanting to serve Him more.
Down the line, the seed of Global Passion and many others have blossomed in me to making me the missionary I am today. I got the opportunity to be apart of their staff from 2018 until today as I am transition to the field full time.
I am so grateful for Steve Edwards and the staff at Global Passion for all the wonderful work they do!
If you are called to missions are want to experience missions locally or internationally, connect with Global Passion Ministries or find them on Instagram/Facebook @globalpassion.
YOU could have the opportunity to see first hand how Global Passion works. Join me on March 27th at Global Passion's REACH 1 Event. I will be sharing more about myself and the missions work I will do in Spain. This is a great event to be equipped and connected with other missionaries!
Wow! One year ago today I got on a plane (what's that like) and left for Spain. I was very excited and had been anticipating this trip for sometime. I remember thinking and dreaming on the plane ride over what my trip would be like. Would God speak a powerful loud way or would he whisper in my heart. Would this be the place or is the place that gets me to THE place? Will I click with the team member there?
Yet even in the plane over, as I put my head phones in to listen to worship music. I felt God suddenly remind me of my first ever overseas missions experience in Nicaragua with Global Passion Ministries. The founder of Global Passion Steve Edwards and now good friend was the trip leader with my youth group. As clear as day I recalled him turning to me and complimenting me saying "you look very Spanish today!" I was brought back to the dark loud airplane I was in heading to Spain and sensed God say "see I have been planting seed for a looooong time". I smiled and teared up and this realization that in fact I was always a missionary, I just didn't always know it.
So Happy Spain-aversary to ME! Thank you for joining me on this jounrey and coming on mission with me, Marissa.
My name is Marissa Deraya; Global Worker with Project Rescue serving women and children of Spain.
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