What could be better than getting the job offer of your dreams?

That’s what I wondered two years ago when I received an invitation to work as a producer for a TV sports channel. I was just about to graduate with my journalism degree and couldn’t believe this amazing opportunity had fallen in my lap.

Because I had some experience in production and I loved sports, it seemed like the perfect job for me. However, I was hesitant to accept it because of another job offer I’d received. The Mongolian Mission, knowing I was an experienced teacher, had invited me to serve as a volunteer at their school.

For several weeks, I prayed about my two choices, feeling torn between pursuing my passion for journalism and serving others. Then the Mongolian Mission communication director asked if I’d be interested in doing some reporting and video production in addition to classroom instruction. I didn’t have to choose; I could do both! I committed to serving in Mongolia and finally felt peace.

Me experiencing the Gobi Desert during my tour of south central Mongolia.
Cohosting the DeFacto Review, a weekly TV program focused mainly on Mongolia’s economy and politics for foreigners.

Then I received another amazing job offer, this time with the successful Brazilian singer and businessman Leo Chaves.

“Lord, do You want me to witness to Leo?” I prayed. “Or do you want me to teach in Mongolia? If You want me to teach, please have the e-tickets for my flight arrive by November 30.”

I received the e-tickets on November 28. The very next day, Leo called to see if I’d made a decision, and I told him about God’s answer to my prayer.

After 40 hours of travel and on a freezing January day, I finally arrived at the Mongolian Mission. I could barely stay awake as I followed my host to the girls’ dormitory that would be my new home. I noted in my phone the access codes I would need to unlock the outer and inner doors to the dormitory and collapsed into bed.

The next day, I had lunch at the home of some fellow missionaries. I had a great time, but I decided to leave early to get some more sleep. I was halfway to the dormitory when I realized I hadn’t brought my phone with the codes to unlock the doors. “Lord,” I prayed, fighting a wave of anxiety, “I need to know You’ll be with me here no matter how big or small my problems are. Please help me get into my room!”

When I reached the dormitory building, I was amazed to see a man holding the outer door open for me. I thanked him and God and then approached the inner door. On it hung a sign that read, “Keep locked for safety.” I tried to remember the code, but it wouldn’t come to me. Suddenly, I heard a voice in my mind say, “Push the door.” I did and discovered it was unlocked!

I’ve never seen the man again who opened the outer door or found the inner door unlocked again.

This past September, I started my second year at Tusgal School, where God has blessed me by allowing me to pray with the students, listen to their problems, and help them feel His love through our close relationships.

I’ve also been blessed with an unexpected surprise: an invitation to cohost a Mongolian news program! Just think, God had this planned all along, and I had been reluctant to accept His call because I was looking for a “dream” job.

Serving as a missionary has been the perfect job for me. I’m not only happy; I’ve also discovered through answered prayer that God will always be there for me.

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Milena Fernandes Mendes
From Brazil, Milena Fernandes Mendes serves as a volunteer English teacher at Tusgal School in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She also cohosts a weekly news program there, the first Brazilian journalist in the history of Mongolian television.