How I Became a Full-Time Missionary
By: Meghan Liddy
I didn’t start following the Lord wholeheartedly until my junior year of high school. In the summer before my senior year I was applying all over for colleges thinking about my dream school and career. I watched as the price tags started to pop up and began to feel convicted. I had wanted so desperately to be comfortable and to have a career that provided me a lifestyle that was almost excessive. I was so keen on being the next lawyer with a huge paycheck, a cute husband and no problems.
God gave me such peace about walking away from that idea and pursing a year of working, taking classes at a community college and taking a semester overseas doing missions. So after a lot of prayer, and a huge step of faith I applied to spend a semester living in Uganda working in a small village partnering with a local church and secondary school. Fast forward— God used this semester to mold and transform me and call me to missions full time. 13 months later had a one way ticket back to Uganda. I spent the next 7 months working along side a few different organizations that worked with special needs and HIV positive children. Each day God affirmed his calling as I worked alongside in Uganda. I watched God move mountains in so many ways. My passion lit on fire for orphan prevention and community outreach with special needs kiddos. I believe wholeheartedly that children belong in families and poverty should not place children in orphanages. I feel called to walk alongside families and empower them. About 80% of children living in orphanages have families that want to raise them but don’t have the empowerment and resources to do it. Ever since then my passion and calling has been to walk along side these families especially in the special needs community.
Ever since I was little I had always considered adoption and felt drawn to it. About a year ago I felt God bringing the idea of foster care to me. I felt like He wanted me to adopt domestically wherever God had called me. Only four months after that, my commitments in Uganda ended and I felt God open my heart to fostering completely and made the move to Ghana to work as The Assistant Director of The Treasured Ones. After two months of living in Ghana I met my two girls, Rhoda and Priscilla. Two months later my girls came home. Forever. I adopted them officially. Since then, day by day, we have adjusted to life as a family. We’ve fought through a very hard season. In July, Justice who was living in our foster home passed away and it took a huge chunk of our hearts with him.
Over this year I’ve had to bury ten different children with special needs all taking a piece of my heart with them. We have experienced some pretty hard things, but God has used these hard moments to shape us even more.
So that’s our story in a nutshell. However, somedays I spend about 6 hours trying to find a place with electricity to get ice-cream. #saturdaysonthefield.