Sometimes in our lives the Lord asks us to wait on Him, actually more times than we would probably prefer. At least that has been the case for us. However there are also times when the Lord says loud and clear, “GO!”
We would like to reintroduce ourselves, my name is Liz Skillen and I followed the Lord’s calling to Immanuel Mission in fall of 2009. I served as a single woman on the mission for four years until Ryan and I got married in 2013. We stayed at Immanuel Mission and served the Lord together, our oldest daughter was born, then the Lord called us to be used in my home state of Missouri in 2015.
We have had many years of thinking about the mission and praying for them daily. We had been trying to come out for a visit but the Lord always seemed to close doors or ask us to wait.
At the end of September 2021 we really felt the Lord calling us to visit the mission. We came and it seemed like God was just undeniably getting our attention that He wanted us to come back. Of course as typical humans, we felt like we had to overthink all the details. How would we sell our house? Ryan is a Physical Therapist who loves ministering to others on the job, how would he do that out here? What about our 3 daughters and their friends and family? In typical God fashion, He took care of every detail so quickly and clearly that we could not sit back any longer. Our house had a contract after one day on the market. Ryan was offered a PT position at the Indian Health hospital. Our daughters fell so much in love with the reservation that they were excited to move forward and follow the Lord.
So here we are. We moved at the very end of November. Our 3 daughters are attending classes at the school and are growing daily. I am working one-on-one with students in the special–ed program. We are excited for all the opportunities the Lord continues to present to share His love and minister to others. Thank you for your prayers, support, and love for the mission and those serving. The Lord is so good. His timing is perfect and I thank Him daily that when He says “Go” we can trust Him.