Author of “God Can: When We Can’t Do Anything, God Can” and “For the Joy Set Before Us: Insights into the Missionary Journey”
I am Erica Mbasan, a New Yorker, who witnesses God’s transforming grace everyday.
When I was a young girl, God touched my heart. He gave me a burden for the hurting and the lost. I didn’t know how I was going to serve Him or where He would send me, but I knew I was called to be a missionary.
For several years my calling was put in a box and I lived my life as a typical kid growing into a young adult. As I became aware of the condition of the world, my desire to serve God as a missionary returned.
I didn’t know where He would send me but I was ready to go. Acting on the knowledge I had, I trusted God and joined the mission field. I landed in…
During my first year as a missionary, I drank unclean water, got my first case of malaria, followed by typhoid. I lived communally with the local people and learned to speak broken Acholi (the local language) as quickly as possible. God’s grace brought me through.
“I couldn’t lean on people. I had to lean fully on Him.”
At the beginning of my missionary journey, I had responsibilities thrust upon me that I wasn’t, in my understanding, prepared for. Now I see how those responsibilities led to the ability to form an organization and run a village ministry, prison ministry, and other projects. One of those projects dear to my heart is WIDL, Women’s Intensive Discipleship and Literacy Training. This is a class to help women learn to read, write, become self-sufficient, and experience the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“What most excites me is watching these people who were once completely hopeless victims become more than conquerors.”
“I love how people can be set free, raised up, and empowered by God’s forgiveness, love, and practical skills.”
Life as a missionary here is completely different than many other places around the world, and as I face struggles, I need a way to process my thoughts. I do this through writing.
One of the struggles I’ve faced on my journey is not feeling prepared for the mission field. I don’t want another person who is on their journey to the mission field to experience the same thing.
This led to the writing of my first book, For the Joy Set Before Us. It is a guide to help potential missionaries know what to expect on their journey to serving God where He has called them.
As the years have passed, I’ve seen God transform, heal, and give me glimpses of His mighty power and for that I am truly grateful.