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God’s Relentless Call

GodsRelentlessCall_insIn 2005, my mom received an invitation to attend the Salvation Army corps in Dover, N.J. Although the spiritual effect of that invitation on my family was immediate, my personal walk with the Lord began slowly.

Mom even began to go to church on days other than Sunday and talk about God more often. To me, that was weird. My family had always been Catholic; we went to church only on Sundays and when there, we sort of “went through the motions.”

In 2006, my corps officers invited me to participate in Youth Councils. I still remember that weekend. On the first night, the youth leader invited people to pray with him who wanted Jesus “to come into their hearts.” That night, I prayed and asked God for forgiveness because I truly wanted to know Him.

After I accepted Christ as my Savior, I began to grow in the Lord. I had never believed that having a relationship with God could be so easy. From that day on, I began to listen.

In 2012 at the Candidates Seminar, God called me. But I knew there were many things that I needed to change if I was to be faithful to the Lord. In my panic and subsequent disobedience, I decided to run. I learned that listening isn’t always so easy, especially when God is calling.

That year, I graduated high school and went to Colombia, South America, to study biology. I decided that it was better to follow my own path and my own dreams because how could I, a person who struggled to make decisions and had no idea what to do with my life, be called to such a life of ministry? This would be a life of holiness in the Lord.

What I didn’t know at that time was that when God calls you, it doesn’t matter how far you run, the call will never go away.

… listening isn’t always so easy …”
Life is full of ups and downs, and sometimes it can get hard to understand why God calls us, but I have learned that sometimes all we can do is just place our trust in Him. When I came back from Colombia, good and bad things happened, but God opened just the right doors and I got a job at my corps.

I expressed my calling to my officers, but I was still insecure. After I spoke with my corps officers about my call, they encouraged me to keep seeking the Lord and to trust that He would make His plans clear if I just kept following Him faithfully. God was patient and He provided just the right opportunities that would help me to follow His path.

It was hard to make that decision and the enemy tempted me to stray. But God pushed me. And before I could leave again, I knew it was time to listen. I accepted my call to officership and God has graced me with support, love, and understanding from people around me.

I am confident that, with His help, I can reach out to people who need His love, and who don’t know how to listen. That is what I hope to do with my life. I will rest in Him and continue my walk of faith because He has said, “Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10 ASV).

by Fabi Soto

—Fabi Soto, the former youth ministries director at the Dover, N.J., Corps, is now a member of the Joyful Intercessors 2015–2017 session.

Envoy Kenneth Burton (back row, far right), a quintet from West Point, and members of the Phil Ramone Orchestra for Children receive applause for their performance.
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