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Laura Beth Myers: Discerning the Call

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Laura Beth Myers is a vibrant young woman who has been an integral part of First Baptist life from the time she was a child in our children’s ministry, to her years in our youth group, to the young adult ministry. Today, First Baptist is thrilled to commission her to full-time ministry with Young Life, an organization which seeks out teenagers, builds relationships, and introduces Christ.

As we send Laura Beth out, she’d like to share how this church has impacted her life.

“I have been a part of First Baptist for as long as I can remember. This is the church that taught me what it looked like to love, encourage, and challenge each other as we pursued Christ together. This is the church that taught me about women missionaries and being called by the Lord. So, there was no doubt in my mind that I could be called to something. I learned what it looked like to serve and to give away my life.

Growing up here, I had many opportunities to do just that. I was able to go to South Africa the summer before my junior year of high school. That experience impacted me profoundly, and I began to look at mission, community, and the gospel in an entirely new way; however, it wasn’t until the summer before my senior year of college that I began to consider full-time ministry.

Scott Claybrook asked me to intern with the college ministry. I had a free summer so I accepted readily, but I had no idea how challenging and life changing this internship would be. Scott called out different things he saw in me and told me that I needed to consider full-time ministry. I was terrified because that would mean changing my plan and stepping out in faith.

Due to continuous challenges from Scott and others to listen to the Lord, I began to discern a call to ministry. Although I felt called, I had no idea what that would look like. Did that mean I had to go to seminary? Could I go on Young Life staff? I applied to both of these options, but in the end, I felt called to Young Life for this season.

I have been involved as a volunteer leader with Young Life since 2014 and am now beginning my first year on staff. I’ll get to go into Bearden High School and befriend kids who yearn to be known and loved. I’ll get to share not only the gospel with them but my life as well. I’ll walk alongside high schoolers in their moments of joy and heart break and share with them about the One who loves them the most. On Young Life staff, I will also get to walk alongside college students who are thinking about becoming Young Life leaders.

I am excited to begin this new journey, and I’m so thankful for you, my church family, for challenging me, encouraging me, and supporting me in this next step. Thank you!”

We are thankful for someone with a willing and teachable spirit like Laura Beth, and we are glad to have her in our midst as she serves the Lord in ministry.

 

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