Several months ago after attending Word of Life Island summer camp, I made the decision to go on a missions trip to South Africa. I have been a Christian since I was eight years old, but didn't take it seriously until I rededicated my life to the Lord when I was thirteen. I had heard about missions, prayed for the missionaries my family and church supported, and even knew several people who had been on mission trips, but never thought I would actually participate in one. I was introduced to ''Student Fusion," a division of Word of Life Ministries, for the first time two summers ago. Being only thirteen at the time (with a minimum age limit of 16), I put it to the back of my mind.
Last summer I saw another presentation by the missions team and this time I really felt God tugging at my heart to get up and go. I took the flyer home and looked it over. I mentioned it to my parents and received their full support. I strongly feel God is leading me in this direction. I have no doubt He wants me to step out in faith, get out of my comfort zone, and do something!
It says in Matthew 28:19-20-- So wherever you go, make disciples of all nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to do everything I have commanded you. This is what God asks of us, and this is what i'm trying to do & fulfill. I was inspired by the verse Isaiah 6:8, which says-- Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom will I send? Who will go for us?” I said, ''Here I am. Send me!'' and the song ''Send Me'' by Lecrae, which says-- The Great Commission says make Disciples of all nations. Have we even made em in our own nation? Come on Christians, missions exist because worship doesn't. People don't worship the God that made them. We Ambassadors.. let's Go! God has given us all a call, so why don't we go? Whether that be in our own town & country-- or Africa.
He wants me to be unashamed of Him and share the truth of Jesus' saving power with others. '' We 'aint ashamed-- You can call us lame, but everybody gotta die and stand in front of the King.'' We are to be unashamed of the gospel, and unashamed of sharing our faith. I am believing in that & starting to take the step! There is NOTHING in us alone, that we can boast-- We are to be boasting about Jesus Christ, the one who took His own life for us. Without Him we would be/ are nothing, and it's in His life alone that we can boast at all. ''I count it lost if I can't hear you, feel you, cause I need you. Can't walk this earth alone. I recognize I am not my own, so before I fall, I need to hear you, feel you, as I live to make my boast in you alone. '' (Boasting, by Lecrae)
I have just begun this journey and I have already been blessed so much.
I can't wait to see what God has in store for me and what He's ready to do in my life. He is really amazing some times-- No, all the time. I just have to obey. Oh yeah, I don't like flying, but God has removed that fear from me!
''How can I help?'' Prayer-- prayer is always needed: Preparation of our hearts, the hearts of the people who are going to be touched (in Africa), support funds, and all-together safety. (two of my friends are taking this journey with me! :)
Every little bit helps and is GREATLY, Greatly appreciated! You can keep updated on the trip, & my progress here on the blog. (uniquely me)