As I go through the pile of books in a thrift shop, a familiar book I once saw being held by a churchmate catches my attention. Seeing the words “Student Edition,” I browse the book. On page 103 it was written, God “has not given us a spirit of fear, but a power and of love and of a sound mind (2Timothy1:7 NKJV), I’ve been meditating on this verse for a week. Before I know it, I’m already at the cashier paying.
Not intimidated or discouraged by difficulty, danger, or disappointment defines the word “Undaunted.” Published in 2013, Undaunted Student Edition is unstoppable in encouraging every reader to dare to believe in God’s call for their lives. Christine Caine sends out the challenge to walk down a crowded street to be able to stop and stoop down for a brother and sister who are in need.
She begins by telling the stories of young girls who were victims of human trafficking in Eastern Europe. “Why didn’t you come sooner?” is a question thrown at her by one of the girls. It created another question within Christine, which she ends up asking herself, “Why hadn’t I come sooner?” She then comes to a realization that God doesn’t call the qualified but He qualifies the called.
Part 1 begins with a story of adoption. God said: “Before you were born I set you apart” (Jeremiah1:5 NIV) became so real to Christine upon discovering that she was named as Number 2508 of 1966 by her birth mother. Our identity is anchored on Him and He calls us: MINE is the truth she cannot deny.
Nick (then boyfriend, now husband) challenges Christine to come out of her fortress as he asks her the question,” If relationships are based on trust, what are we doing?” Part 2 tells us that God knows and is willing to do everything to restore and heal His children. If so, then one must choose that healing himself.
A personal favorite, Christine’s shares her dreadful experience on an airplane. With a confrontation with fear, it allows her to see that when you let fear run your life, you close yourself from anything that might hurt or cost or make you uncomfortable- including opportunities to serve God and claim his promises. Indeed, there is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…(1John4:18 NIV).
Finally, the thoughts on one’s identity, pain and fear awakens one soul to its ultimate purpose. A21 Campaign, the rescue ministry Christine launches with her husband Nick, faces a new challenge when the experts they hired tells them that starting the work in Eastern Europe will certainly fail. She then concludes that faith can take us right where God wants us.
“Just as you sent me into the world,” Jesus prayed, “I am sending them into the world.”(John17:18 NLT) reminds us that the love of Christ not only works in us but also through us. Christine then leaves a challenge saying that one must be unwilling to stay asleep, unafraid of the dark, unflinching in the face of disappointment and difficulty to be undaunted.