by Captain Ketsia Diaz
Eleven years ago my husband and I moved from Haiti to the U.S. to lead the St. Louis Temple, Mo., Corps. Although I grew up in The Salvation Army, it didn’t take long for me to realize how different it was from one country to another.
As I began my new ministry, I was responsible to lead programs like youth character-building which we didn’t have in Haiti. When Steve said I would lead Moonbeams, I had no idea what he was talking about. Fortunately, I was blessed to have officers from divisional headquarters who attended the corps and were willing to come alongside to teach, encourage and support me. Major Nancy Holloway and her mother, Major Georgia Anderson, showed me what this ministry was all about and how to share Jesus with the precious little ones who were part of our troop.
Ephesian 4:11-13 (NIV) says, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors, and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
As we answer God’s call for ministry, He equips us with all that we need, including mentors who have experienced God’s providence in their lives. I have learned that following God’s will for my life is not about knowing it all beforehand; it is about being open and willing to let the Holy Spirit teach and guide me along the way. It is not about me but about building the Body of Christ and trusting in His provision. Then, what seems impossible becomes possible. Today through God’s help and the leaders He has put in my life, I am more confident in teaching youth programs and leading others to Christ.