Season of Search

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Madeline Small, a young lady with a devoted heart to God, desires to build his kingdom one brick at a time. As a young professional, during a season of life that was hard for many in the United States and around the world, God showed Madeline he was still working things out and that he was fully present in her life. 

 As the composer William Cowper wisely wrote, “God moves in a mysterious way.” Many times we can find God moving unexpectedly. It’s crucial for us to remain vigilant, ensuring we don’t overlook his actions and merely focus on the outcomes. While the results of God’s movement are undoubtedly significant, maintaining a steadfast focus on Him is equally important.This is because, by overlooking God’s mysterious workings, we may inadvertently miss out on His blessings. 

During a challenging season, Madeline maintained her focus on God. At the height of 2020 when the world around her was shutting down in ways she did not imagine, she witnessed God’s hand at work in her life. While she didn’t know what was going to happen, God had been preparing her through a family member’s health struggles, leading her into isolation just before the official lockdowns.

Despite God’s palpable presence during that time, Madeline yearned for connection. It was precisely when everything seemed stagnant that God intervened on her behalf, revealing His movement in her life. Madeline, seeking spiritual connections and friendships with like-minded individuals her age, discovered the Adventist Young Professional (AYP) profile. Intrigued, she joined a local AYP chapter, finding it to be the answer to her prayers—a source of meaning, connection, and purpose. Madeline shares that joining AYP “truly built her faith,” providing the community she needed during that season of her life.

Isn’t it awesome to see the work of God’s hand in the lives of others? At the core of AYP’s mission, that is one of their goals. Their aim is to be a path that bridges the gap between meaningful relationships and faith while empowering young professionals to live their God ordained life through services. By volunteering their time and energy to things they would usually feel unqualified for but can have assurance that God is the one that qualifies them. The bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 “… to think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” In other words, author Mark Batterson said it this way “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” Therefore whatever God calls us to he will bring it to fruition through us by His power.

That’s exactly what happened in Madeline’s life; as the pandemic isolation subsided she saw an opportunity to pivot. She started off attending the chapters meeting and was blessed for over those two years. But as the world aimed to transition back into some form of normalcy such transition afforded Madeline the opportunity to join AYP in a greater way. Leveraging the organization’s adaptability, she assumed the role of a chapter coordinator, guiding others in building meaningful connections. This opportunity not only blessed her but also paved the way for her to become the supportive companion she had sought – a partner, friend, and sister in the Lord, walking alongside others in the pursuit of meaning and purpose during seasons of isolation and transition.

According to Pew Research Center “Americans are most likely to mention family when asked what makes life meaningful” to them. Some may say religion is the ‘most important’ source of meaning in the lives of American adults.”

Additionally, others find meaning in their career, finances, good health, friendships, or diverse hobbies and activities. The essence of having meaning in life is indispensable, guiding and nourishing the soul. This is where AYP excels – empowering and equipping individuals while bridging gaps in life’s essential aspects, including community and belonging.

The sentiments expressed by Small’s are sentiments expressed by many other Seventh-day Adventist young professionals. There is a deep need and desire for young adults who are part of a local church to have a space that deepens their walk and fosters a place of community. An environment  where they can be supported and network with fellow young professionals who share or can understand some of their lived experience. 

AYP provides that support network and inspiration many young professionals are seeking to foster. It is built on the principle of community, discipleship and leadership. Truly AYP would not be able to keep creating these spaces without volunteers like Madeline. In the same way AYP would not be the same without contributors such as yourself who are donors and or sponsors to this mission. 

To support future stories like Madeline, visit ayp.me/give. Thank you for your contribution, grace and peace to you!

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