Discerning and preparing for mission can be an emotional process, as missioner-in-training Brittany Koepke shares here.

“I could be safe here in Your arms and never leave home
I could just stay right where I am and hope to feel You
But You have called me higher
You have called me deeper
And I will go where You will lead me, Lord
So let Your mercy light the path before me”

– “Called Me Higher” by All Sons & Daughters

The song “Called Me Higher” has brought tears to my eyes numerous times over the past eight months. Good tears. Tears of consolation. Most often I would play the song while driving in my car and find myself turning it up louder and louder; therefore, singing louder and louder.

And then the tears would begin to flow.

There are tears of mourning as I think of my family, friends, parish, community, and comfortable life that I will leave. There are tears of gratitude knowing He, for our sakes, calls us deeper and higher. There are tears of struggle as I trust Him to lead me. And, finally, there are tears of recognition that if any path is lit before me it is only because of His mercy.

I’m so glad to be on this journey…tears ‘n all!

Perhaps this song will inspire you too?

Brittany Koepke grew up in the rolling hills of Tennessee and is a lover of nature, dance, learning, and laughter. Previous service trips to Mexico strengthened her passions for truth, social justice, and the dignity of every human person, and she is excited to embody these passions during the mission ahead. With an International Studies degree focused specifically on Latin America, and a minor in Spanish, Brittany is thrilled to be headed to Bolivia!