What did I see? I saw rows and rows of corn, thousands of them. As I was staring out of the window of my car and looking at the “harvest", I heard the Lord ask me, “What if each ear of corn represented one person who was lost? I want to know Melinda... does it break your heart? Do you care?" Without even thinking, I said "yes", and in that instant, I knew that this might be one of those moments that could change everything. If this did break my heart what was God asking me to do about it? I began to dream: “Maybe someday I will be a part of launching a church that would create a multiplication movement.” I did not know exactly what God had in mind, but I do know that I will never forget the “harvest” I saw and what I heard God say to me that day.
I was a junior in high school when God called me to be a minister of the Gospel. I knew that my life was to be dedicated to sharing the love of God with everyone that God placed in my sphere of influence. Our family has been privileged to serve in Chesterfield, VA, Anderson, IN, and, for the past 8.5 years, Holland, MI. We have been proud to serve in the Nazarene and Wesleyan denominations, which are theological “sisters.” In 2016, I graduated from Wesley Seminary with an MDIV and a specialty in Multiplication. This is an emphasis on multiplying leaders, church plants, etc. While attending seminary, I visited many church plants and heard stories from many planters. As I listened to these different leaders, I started to ask myself: "What kind of risk am I willing to take with Him?" I remember the Lord saying to me, “Why not you, Melinda?” I did not know what that meant at the time, but I sensed God was calling me to something more.
One morning while in seminary in Indiana, I headed to class early. As I drove in, I noticed the sun was coming up and it caught my attention, and I began to take pictures out of my car window as I was driving. All of the sudden, everything was very quiet. Time seemed to stand still. Then I saw it. To help you understand what I saw, it is important to note that I had been studying the passage in my class that week from Luke 10:2: He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (NIV).