by Heidi Anderson 

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Sophomore Spanish major Abigail Fisher feels specifically called to overseas missions where she ca use the gift God has given her to help others in need (photo courtesy of Abigail Fisher).

As a Christian university, University of Northwestern – St. Paul offers numerous Bible and missions related classes. UNW has Bible study activities; numbers of local outreach ministries, and multiple mission trips throughout the school year.

Abigail Fisher, a sophomore Spanish and ministry double major, is one of the many students who are passionate in going overseas to do mission work. Fisher said, “I think that we can do missions anywhere, but I particularly feel called to go out overseas somewhere. Even if that just means down to Mexico.” She is trying to utilize her gift from God towards missions, “I believe God has given me certain talents that bode well for missionaries, and for example, I am really gifted in learning languages, I am really good at working with people and again those are talents that God gave me so all the glory to God,” said Fisher.

Fisher started to get involved in missions trips from a young age, starting domestically in the United States. She explained, “I started going on missions trips when I was in youth group, so I think I was in seventh grade. I was about twelve or thirteen years old…we went on week-long missions trips, but always within the United States, I went to Boston, New Jersey, New York City and Maryland.”

When Fisher was 16 years old, she started to have interest in different areas of missions. She went to Mexico by herself to live with a missionary family to get to know missions in Mexico as well as to stretch her Spanish language skills. Fisher said, “I stayed with some missionaries that my dad had found online…but I had never seen them or talk to them. I hopped on a plane and went down there…It was the biggest leap of faith in my life.”

Even though Fisher is still a sophomore, she knows what she would like to do after graduating college; she has worked for Praying Pelican Missions last summer and is going to work there again over this coming summer. Fisher said, “I am a trip leader with them, I lead missions trips in Providence, Rhode Island and Boston, Massachusetts because I’m from Massachusetts so it is a little bit close to home and I know the area really well.” After Fisher graduates she would like to start working for missions organizations such as the Praying Pelican Missions. After saving enough money, Fisher would like to “leave right into full-time missions.” Fisher also mentioned how heart is in orphanage ministry; she would like to support the children and the orphanage.

Fisher’s favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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