Amber Martinez is currently serving on the mission field in Cambodia. She is from Medford, Oregon, where she has been a member of Joy Christian Fellowship for more than 20 years. The oldest of six siblings, Amber comes from a wonderful Christian home where she received encouragement and support to pursue her dream of serving the Lord in Asia. Prior to landing on the mission filed, Amber completed a two-year Christian service internship called Armor Bearers and completed a two-year program through Southern Oregon Art School. Amber also earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Theology. Soon after graduation, she responded to the call and departed for Cambodia. Amber enjoys writing about her thoughts and experiences that may be helpful to those who are newcomers to the mission field. In addition to writing, she is an artist who specializes in large-scale paintings and murals. She has found an opportunity to use her artwork for the Lord by painting murals in Cambodia, and also selling some of her work for charity. Visit website at: www.amberincambodia.com or www.cambodiaoutreach.org
You are called to be a missionary. At least, you are pretty sure of it.
Many people have moments such as these. But there are a lot of reasons people consider heading to the mission field. Some are valid and altruistic while others are questionable.
As much as missionaries would like to avoid moments of frustration and even regret, I have found that God does some of His best. We are humble and open to Him. We realize that apart from His grace, we helpless to do any good for others, let alone ourselves.
When preparing for the mission field, there are practical steps that a person must take. When properly prepared, missionaries will be more successful at carrying out their personal call and the Great Commission.