"God is great. I witness that there is no god but God. I witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God. Rise up for prayer." Bethany Wommack grew accustomed to hearing these words to the Islam Adhan broadcast from the numerous mosques, echoing throughout the cities she lived in.
"I got used to listening to the call to prayer everyday. Seeing covered women was a normal occurrence, and if there was ever a lady not wearing a covering, I would get excited thinking maybe she was a Christian," Womack shared.
She continued, "I became used to the religious holidays of the countries such as Ramadan. I knew that when they were fasting, you did not eat in public because it is rude."
Wommack was a missionary kid in the Middle Eastern countries of Israel, Jordan and Eygpt. Her father helped in the local church and Bible school while her mother wrote children's education books.
Jordanian law does not allow public evangelism, so the Wommacks' approach to sharing the Gospel was to build relationships. Over time their Muslim friends would ask questions about Christianity, and the Wommacks were able to share more openly.
She explained, "Muslims are like anyone else. They need to see what a true Christian is like. They need people to be patient with them and show them who Christ really is. Islam heavily influenced the culture I grew up in. But, I learned that the Muslim people are very welcoming and friendly. They love to build relationships. They have some of the warmest and most hospitable hearts."
Wommack will graduate from SAGU in Fall 2014 with a bachelor's degree in human services with a focus in counseling. She plans to become a full-time missionary in Asia working with orphaned and abandoned children and victims of human trafficking.
"I loved growing up overseas. I would not trade that experience for anything else."
She continued,"I loved the culture and the friends I made from around the world. I loved knowing another language and getting to show the kids in America what I knew. I know that I would not be who I am today if I wasn't a missionary kid."
Although both her parents and grandparents attended SAGU, received their missions degrees, and became missionaries after their time there, Bethany never thought she would attend SAGU.
"I didn’t actually think I was going to go to college," she shared. "I want to work on the mission field too, so I began looking into several different programs that were missions focused."
"The more I learned about SAGU, the more I loved it! It is missions-minded and has such a great focus on reaching the lost. After I finished the Oaks School of Leadership, I felt that the Lord wanted me to stay and finish my degree at SAGU."
"The more I learned about SAGU, the more I loved it! It is missions-minded and has such a great focus on reaching the lost. After I finished the Oaks School of Leadership, I felt that the Lord wanted me to stay and finish my degree from SAGU."
"I want to be a missionary, and SAGU offers so many resources, opportunities, classes and so much more to help me achieve that goal. Every class that I take and every ministry I am involved with greatly helps me gain knowledge and experience."