My name is Abigail Murillo, I am from Costa Rica and this is my story.
- I was 15 when I gave my life to the Lord. As I was sitting on my bed, struggling through depression and questioning the purpose of me being in this world, I asked the Lord to reveal himself to me, and though I grew up in a Christian home, I never experienced anything like the love that embraced everything within me and holds me to the day. An assurance that everything was going to be okay. But it wasn’t until a few years later, when I was 18, that I fully surrendered everything to him. I was crying my eyes out on a worship night in Kona, Hawaii when I realized that he was the best choice I’ve ever made and that I did not want anything in this life apart from him.
I think it’s funny how the things that scares us the most tend to be what the Lord ends up using for our lives in ministry. Never in my life would I guess I would be using music, teaching the Bible and my love for deep relationships as a bridge to connect others to the heart of God. Don’t get me wrong, I am a wild spirit, but somethings it takes me a little longer to let it out there. I love deeply, I’m passionate about good food, and laughter is one of the things that brings me the most joy in life. This life is surely a gift and the giver is even better!
-THE PACIFIC ISLANDS-
For the past 3 years the Lord led me to a sweet journey of getting to know him (and myself) through training, studying His Word as I was getting my degree with the University of the Nations(AA in Biblical Studies), and staffing the School of Biblical Studies(9 month intensive inductive Bible School). I can honestly say that understanding the Bible has shifted and solidify what leadership, missions and ministry looks like and the importance of having a firm foundation to build from unto what the Lord has called you to do. It is no brainer for me to say “yes” to him and whatever he gracefully puts in my path as long as He’s going before me; as long as He is near.
One of the biggest take away of that season is that our main calling in this life is to know God be more like Christ; everything else is a gift from him. It definitely was one of the most refining yet special seasons of my life.
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During my season in Kona, Hawaii I felt the Lord to start giving me a heart for those that have been marginalized and hurt by sexual brokenness and human trafficking. Having experienced sexual abuse in the past, I know what it feels to live in shame and no hope of something better, but O what the redemptive love of God and his word have done to my heart, my life and my mind is too good not to be shared. If you want to imagine with me, I feel like Peter on the boat with Jesus, in the middle of a storm, asking him to let him walk in water and Jesus asked him to take a step outside the boat.
After much prayer and finally being in the Netherlands, I am in constant awe as I see another promise of the Lord being fulfilled. I find my heart aching with excitement and expectation of the newness he’s bringing into this nation and the fact that I get to be a part of it. This new season includes my step outside the boat and joining a ministry in the Red Light District called “The Cleft” ,under YWAM Amsterdam, that focuses on bringing the hope of the Good News of Jesus Christ to those who currently reside there. I believe the Lord has lead me here and has been preparing my heart for it. To live a life showing others what the love of God is and what it does to you is the greatest treasure and adventure to have.
“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”
by Shannon L. Alder
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Because I don’t have a visa yet, my journey in Amsterdam started by helping staff a shorter Bible School called Discipleship Bible School(DBS) and it surely has been life giving to go through his word as I pray into what my future in this nation looks like, as it’s also been very sweet to realized that Bible engagement/training within and outside the Netherlands can also be a part of this newness he’s bringing into my life. I’m also a dreamer wanting to grow in my musical skills and help other release their sound of worship to the nations, so we will take it one step at a time 🙂 For sure there is a lot to be excited about!!
Going to all people, to all nations. What an exciting journey we get to have when we say yes to him, and to imagine that this is all he requires from us, a simple yes.
Thank you for being and wanting to be a part of this journey! I honestly could not & would not want to do this without you. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or prayer requests. Would love to connect!
Much blessings & hugs,