JD Avila

Scotland Missions

Since I have been a kid, I have always had a desire to GO. I would get antsy being in one place for too long, often daydreaming of exploring the distant hills on the horizon, or moving to a place where I have never been before. Though the desire to explore the vastness of God’s creation has always been strong, there was always a deeper call, and despite my mood or circumstance, nothing could hinder this deep conviction; to be an instrument in our Heavenly Father’s hands.

Throughout the years of my youth and into my early twenties, I would spin myself in to an angsty blur trying to figure out how I was going to be used by God. I constantly tried to reinvent myself into who I thought He wanted me to be, never satisfied with the result that was produced in trying to understand how I could be of value to the expansion of the Kingdom of God. With every frustration that I felt during those years, they were always met by the tender Grace of the Father; turning my frustration into sweet surrender. My heart began to soften to the Holy Spirit’s call on my life, and I began to see and accept that God had given me a heart for people, both inside of the Church and those who had not accepted the gift of Salvation yet.

This calling became ever clearer to me after my second missions trip to Cornwall, England. Upon returning home from overseas, the burden to share the love of Christ to those in the U.K. began to grow, and while the burden grew, my peace and ability to rest in God’s perfect timing began to grow as well. Several months later, I was asked to pray about an opportunity to move to Dundee, Scotland in order to serve alongside the Young Adults ministry. Peace followed my prayers, and doors began to open for me to move there.

I will be serving alongside the Young Adult leadership team, helping to coordinate outreaches to the local communities, as well as serving on the worship team and playing my original music in local music scenes. I am incredibly excited to embark on this year long adventure in Scotland, and I am eager to see the love of Jesus Christ spread through the United Kingdom.