I recount here the life decisions of a 23 year old woman who I consider to be one of the best people I know.

Born into an affluent family, and raised as such, she went to a private high school, and then got a scholarship to a liberal college in the East. Before graduating, she was interning for a very respected European vehicle manufacturing company. She was dating somebody who after interning at Amazon during the summers was set for a cushy first gig at the online retailer. Everything was set for them to get married, have a comfortable existence where money would never be in short supply, and pass it on their children.

“I know I’m probably going to be very poor, but the freedom and joy of serving God for a living outweighs anything else in life”, she tells me.
She long ago broke up with her boyfriend, who was never as interested in mission work as she was. She moved to Albania as a short term missionary first, and then long term, after she met a youth pastor who grew up in an orphanage and doesn’t have a penny to his name.
“His zeal for the Lord is contagious”, she says.

I suppose better to have zeal for God than for money, as the characters of Vice do.


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