It all started with the beginning of the school year when I saw flyers for the mission trips that the Office of World Missions put together for the summer. It almost felt like some far off dream that wasn’t at all tangible. But I pursued it anyways.
And here I am months later with the reality that I am going to Africa for two months this summer. It is surreal to say the least. I was always that girl that laughed at all the Christians that went on the typical mission trips to Africa for a couple of weeks. I felt that it was all about what Facebook pictures you could upload after, it was about saying you went to Africa, and about having your life changed. While all of that is great, I never wanted that. All I wanted was to change other peoples lives and hopefully bring back a testimony that might help plant a seed in my parents hearts to bring them to know Jesus. Anyways, I pursued a lot of missions teams that were not located in Africa because I figured that my own perceptions on where I should and shouldn’t go would be the same as God’s.
However, somehow a mission team in Africa stuck on my heart and I put it as my last choice team. Ironic as it is, I was invited to join the team. Ironic as this is, I accepted.
Currently I am meeting weekly with my team of 8 other APU students, 1 other freshman and 7 sophomores. I am praying constantly and trying to be in the Word to prepare me and equip me for the mission field I am going to be in this Summer. I am trying to (for once in my life) draw myself away from busyness and draw myself toward the peace and comfort of the Lord.
Now here is a pause in my story and here is where your story continues. Allow God to use you in places you never imagined in your life. Don’t be that girl like me that sits back and shakes her head at everyone that spends a couple weeks in Africa. Because God very well might (and probably will) do what you never had planned for yourself. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and available. Allow yourself to trust God even when the world looks at you like you are crazy.
Sure high school and college is about “finding yourself” and finding who Christ has made you to be, but LIFE is about using who you are at the moment to glorify God. Don’t sit back waiting to grow up so you can make a difference. You are equipped as you are now, rejoice in that!
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12