Here Cara Golden shares a bit about the journey of faith that led her to QuadW mi and some of how she's anticipating God's ongoing work in her life. Check it out!
Like most, I started off having no clue what I was supposed to do with my life. I have loved the ocean since I was ten years old and loved science, particularly anything having to do with marine life and their delicate habitats. So, I settled on Marine Biology at first. I was going to “save the dolphins” and scuba dive and do lots of beneficial research.
That was the goal when I started out at Auburn… seven years ago. It didn’t take long, however, for me to realize the emptiness of that aspiration. From nearly the beginning of starting down this path, I failed many of the classes I took, slipped like a fish into depression, and stayed there for a while.
But in this darkness God was forcing me to ask myself hard questions: At my core, who am I? What is the deepest desire of my heart? How can I satisfy that desire? Rock bottom was where I came to terms with the breathtaking grace that is my answer to those questions, that is my calling, and that was my calling all along. At my core, I am a child of God, indebted to His Son Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit. The deepest desire of my heart is to bring other people into this same awakening, to serve them and to proclaim to them what great love I have been shown, and to see them experience the same.
Different people discover their calling in different ways, and it took me a long time to realize that is okay. After all, there was nothing wrong with my first dream—except that it wasn’t my dream. It wasn’t what I was meant to do. The only way that makes sense for me right now in fulfilling the deepest desire of my heart is becoming a missionary and serving among the native and indigenous people groups of our world. As a Christian and as a person who has a deep respect and admiration for culture, I have a passion to represent the Gospel in a way that maintains their rich cultural history, that it might be thus more impactful and relevant. For me, there is no better place to serve than among those from whom we have so much to learn.
This summer with QuadWmi at Riverton will be my first opportunity to really begin to live into this mission. I am eager to learn in a practical way some of the intricacies of serving among native peoples, such as the protocols of service and the challenges that they face. Further, I look forward to learning of the unique cultures of the Shoshone and Arapaho tribes, discovering the exclusive opportunities and challenges the Christian missionary faces in relationships with native groups, and building foundational relationships with their people. All in all, I eagerly anticipate this summer as one that will ignite this next stage of my journey and burn in me an even deeper passion for native and indigenous peoples.
I will, no doubt, look back on my time in Riverton as one when I first began to concretely grasp the meaning of Paul’s words in I Corinthians 9:22-23 - “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some…for the sake of the gospel.”