A Dream Fulfilled
By Megan Carson
It was the spring of 1991 and three months prior, Pam Vergara had recommitted her life to Christ, yet she had never felt so alone. Her husband had recently left her, and their six-month old daughter, Alyx, was depending on her mother for survival. In order to provide a more secure life for herself and Alyx, Pam had given up a job she loved in the armed services to become a social worker.
Needless to say, Pam needed comfort from a source larger than herself. As she sat on her couch with Bible in hand, she opened to the gospel of Matthew and began reading about how Jesus was helping the disciples and healing people. “I wish Jesus was here because He would understand,” Pam said. “He is,” came the response. Pam paused and tried to grasp what had just happened. The voice was not audible, but the words were clear in her heart and mind. “That’s the truth,” she thought. “That’s the whole point. Jesus is with us, and He is our hope.”
At that moment, Pam decided that none of the events in her past would define who she was in Christ – who she would be from this point forward. Neither her mother abandoning her when she was a child, nor her rebellious post-college years when she wandered away from her faith would hold her down. Not even her new role as a single mother would keep her from living her life in Christ. Rather, she would be defined by her desire to please God, live a righteous life, and serve the Lord. At that moment she cried out to God in complete desperation and was given an answer: she was to become a missionary. After entrusting this dream to God, Pam moved forward with raising her daughter and pursuing a life of ministry.
A few years later, Pam received her first opportunity to enter the mission field. She and Alyx moved to Korea where Pam would be teaching English for a year. While she was excited to have her first taste of missions, she longed for an opportunity to teach the gospel. She trusted that her English would be the vehicle to do just that. It was. While in Korea, she was asked to share her testimony on a local radio station. When she arrived at the station on a cold Saturday morning, Pam could not believe that the sign on the door read Far East Broadcasting Company. That “local” radio station broadcasted her testimony to Korea, China and even parts of Russia. God had not forgotten her dream and unbeknownst to Pam, He was preparing her for a fulltime career in missions.
Upon returning to California, Pam took a job teaching English and French at a local Christian school. Soon after the school year began, she learned of Campus Crusade for Christ’s, JESUS Film project and immediately knew that The JESUS Film would be the organization through which she would reach the world and share Christ’s message. She was confident that working for Campus Crusade would be the culmination of her dream, but she had a few things to handle first. She still had to finish raising Alyx and her personal finances needed a bit of restructuring.
At the end of the school year, Pam was offered a job as a full-time grant and proposal writer at The JESUS Film Project and her career as a missionary began. As the years went on, Pam continued to serve as paid staff with The JESUS Film while transitioning into life as a missionary. Finally, her personal finances were in order, her daughter Alyx had left for Bible College in Hawaii, and Pam began to raise support to become a full time missionary with The JESUS Film. Her dream had come true.
Pam’s message is one of listening when God says “He is,” and acting on His plans. Because she took the time to listen and persistently pursue her calling, she has been able to spread the gospel to countless individuals. God has been with her every step of the way and has helped Pam to become living proof of her favorite verse, Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.”
For more information about The JESUS Film Project, visit www.jesusfilm.org