As I trudged back up the narrow, inclined path of packed red dirt toward the thatched roof hut from which I had come, my mind drifted this time toward the future instead of flashing back to the past. How much more would I be changed on this journey? On what barren continent or fertile piece of earth would I be serving next summer? To which starved and hungry people would I have the opportunity to bring God’s love? The world lay at my feet, countless adventures were at my fingertips, and the call remained. “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few...” (Matthew 9:37, AKJV).

I have decided to follow Jesus.
I have decided to follow Jesus.
I have decided to follow Jesus.
No turning back, no turning back.

Elsie Anne is 17 and attends Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. She was raised in Southern California, where she was homeschooled along with her two sisters. She loves anything that involves words, including, but not limited to, reading, writing, and singing. She loves her Savior with all her heart, and her ultimate goal is to do full-time missions work after graduation.

Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the April 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the family education magazine. Read the magazine free at www.TOSMagazine.com or read it on the go and download the free apps at www.TOSApps.com to read the magazine on your mobile devices.

Publication date: July 31, 2013