Meet our resident and learn how you can help provide the resources to support this unique program. The Residency in Mission (RIM) is an immersive mission and evangelism experience designed for young adults who are called to serve beyond their home country in partnership with ministries in the Methodist Wesleyan family. RIM is a 9-12 month commitment that includes guided mentorship from mission and evangelism leadership experts.
Meet our 2019 Resident, Eliza Edge
I was born and raised in South Carolina by a music director who doubled as a middle school teacher and a telephone company man. My parents are up and down salt of the earth types and that is how I was preached to be from day 1. I was taught to be in church every time the doors open, to tithe, to pray in every spare moment, to not let the sun set on my frustrations, and most of all to believe. For this, I am incredibly blessed for my earthly parents gave me no reason to doubt that our heavenly father is good and loving and trustworthy. My parents’ faith did not, however, guarantee my own; being the fiercely independent soul I am, I had to find Jesus myself.
In terms of occupation, I am a french horn player. I started playing when I was 11 and decided my profession when I was 14. For this reason, I chose, with my parents’ consent, to go to a residential arts high school 4 hours from home when I was a junior(16 years old). This is where our story truly begins. Before, I did as my parents told me and tried to be good to other people, but every move I made was for myself and to have others look upon me with adoration. Upon moving out, I was faced with the power to make my own decisions and to allot my time to the tasks of my choosing. This meant, for the first time in my life, church was optional. With this newfound freedom, I did as I wanted when I wanted. I still went to church most of the time out of habit, but that was mostly so my mom wouldn’t guilt trip me in our weekly phone calls. However, what I soon learned is that being 16 and making all my decisions and living/going to school with people all in the same exact predicament was a recipe for dramatic disaster, as I’m sure one can imagine. To cope with this and a considerable level of homesickness, I started to attend as many church services and bible studies as I could get my hands on in search of familiarity and to my surprise, it was God who I found. I found Him in the people that when I came looking for advice would provide me with perspectives to consider instead of jumping to my “side” in angry support. I found Him in the girls in my Bible study who would leave sticky notes on my door reminding me of how very loved we all are. I found Him in the youth pastors who gave sermons that convicted me in ways I didn’t even know I should be convicted. I found Him in the people.
This is why I am going to New Zealand to represent this wonderful organization. I am going to find the Lord in the people of New Zealand and explain why His name, and no other, provides peace and hope and clarity and stability, just as I have been reminded of every day since I asked Christ to be king of my life.