August / September 2015 - Vol. 81
I was called out of my comfort zone and into serving on mission”
by Fran Dunlop

Last summer during Bible Week - a week long retreat that took place in Belfast - I felt the Lord calling me to do mission work with my life. I had been doing mission work back in Glasgow for the past few years, but I felt the call to do mission work outside of Glasgow. This calling quickly became close to my heart.

I know a lot of people from Glasgow who had previously done Detroit Summer Outreach (DSO) and I had seen a massive change inside of people who had done it.  It seemed like their faith had flourished and they had matured while they were serving here in Detroit.  This was something that I wanted in my life too.

Before coming to Detroit, I found myself becoming very nervous, and that put me off from coming over to serve.  As soon as I arrived, the staff here and my fellow interns were so welcoming and excited to be here to serve, that I was calmed and knew that this was where I was supposed to be.  Now that I have experienced the 12-step meetings in the Soup Kitchens and have gotten to meet the youth that I will be working with this summer, I have seen an abundance of joy through their pain and suffering.  This has given me a much more positive outlook on life and a want for the same joy and love in my life.

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