Walking in Confidence
Confidence makes a person stand out among others. Yet, confidence is not something that is easily obtained. Rather, it is something that is slowly incorporated through trial and error. A confident man or woman has seen valleys, but has risen above them through God’s grace, trust and faith in Christ. Jeremiah 17:7 states, “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.”
Elida Walton, One Mission Society missionary nurse and Pensacola Christian College graduate, left for Haiti only yesterday walking in confidence with the Lord. Elida is no stranger to stepping out in faith with Christ, as her parents, Carl and Heidi Walton, served as OMS missionaries in Haiti, next moved to England and served there for six years, where Carl is from, after this the Waltons served in the Philippines for fourteen months and then moved back to the states to work at OMS World Headquarters in Indiana.
Elida will serve in Haiti as a nurse at OMS-related Bethesda Medical and Dental Clinic in Cap Haitien after five months of language study. In 2007, Elida returned to Haiti for two months and enjoyed it, but her calling was not affirmed until 2009 when she went to the Ivory Coast in West Africa for two weeks. A fellow nurse said to Elida, “I can tell you have a heart for Haiti, you should go back.”
Elida began to pray, “Lord, if you want me to go back to Haiti, that’s fine. I need direction.” In 2010 a missionary from Papua New Guinea spoke at a Wednesday night church service that Elida was attending. The missionary spoke boldly about giving your life to Christ and obeying what He wants you to do. Elida said, “I need to find out what God wants me to do.” She changed her prayer and stepped out in faith asking, “Can I go back?” and God said, “Go.” This very prayer electrified Elida and marked the beginning of her journey as a missionary.
God is always faithful. Yet, Elida has experienced some fears along the way of this amazing journey. One of Elida’s biggest fears is not being able to deal with a situation as it comes up in the clinic. Elida states, “I struggle with self confidence and my biggest fear is incompetence. I could lose a patient because of my incompetency.” Yet, Elida is reminded that she always has God with her, and He has all wisdom and knowledge.
Elida has Joshua 1:9 written on her heart, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (NIV) Elida still struggles with her fears of incompetency, but God is showing her how to walk in confidence, in His wisdom and with courage. The days to come will not be easy, but Elida is excited as she learns to walk in confidence with the Lord.