Elizabeth Auge


First Mission

In September 2021, I felt God pressing on my heart more than ever the idea “what if I am called into missions?” I remember having this conversation with my dad because I was in a relationship at that time. In May 2022, I continued to become more open to the idea becoming a reality. I committed to River Valley as my church home and learned more about the MAP. I signed up for Global Team Thailand, was fully funded, read “Change the Map”, went to team meetings, went on the Global team, came home and processed the experience, and stayed in contact with the Missionaries. Raising funds was a huge challenge for me in many ways. Internally, God led me through lies that I believed and hooks that were on my heart. I was lead out of the boat of hyper independence and softened up to the idea of dependence on others. I experienced a willingness to support without ties. It encouraged me to build more relationships with people at church and share with other what God was doing in my life. Mark Durene’s book “Change The Map”, opened my eyes to the spiritual realm, Buddhism, and the Thai culture. Through reading the book, I was able to relate to the spirit of religion, connect experiences of religion, and learn more about religion, spirituality, and strongholds. I grabbed a hold of relating Catholicism and Buddhism together and the beauty of sharing the hope in having a relationship with Jesus. In Thailand, we were involved in painting, light construction, children’s ministry, prayer walks, street ministry, and more! I enjoyed connecting with the missionaries, Thai pastors, and community. Three things that stuck with me were: 3. The length that relationships take to form due to cultural and linguistic barriers. 2. The reality of family being 22 hours away and the uncertainty life brings, praying is the only response at times. 1. One evening we had a time of games and fun together at the Missionaries home. A group of us were playing Farkle. At home with my family it is common for us to play games as well although I haven’t been one to be very successful. Anyhow, we are playing Farkle and the dice were showing me favor. I won the first round, then the next… jokes were being thrown around about me going back to Thailand for missions, then eventually the group agreed, “hey, if you win this round you are staying” well.. the rest is history. I won the game and lo and behold.. I AM going back to Thailand. Through prayer God has grown my heart for Thailand, the Thai people, and current team over in Thailand. When I got back to the states I dealt with jet leg for 2+ weeks, prayed into and through the weight of my experience, and stepped deeper into the MAP program. God is GOOD.

Becoming a Missionary

“Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭28:15‬ ‭ESV‬‬