WOW, my first blog entry ever... kind of intimidating, geesh!
As many of you know my heart was captured for this culture as a young lost teenager. My call to follow Jesus and to follow Him to Africa happened as a package deal. The story started when I was 13. I was changed forever when Jesus allowed me to meet Him in a special way in Haiti. As a young teenager without Jesus, I ventured off with an organization to feed orphans in Haiti. God wrecked my life in a beautiful way on that trip through a young girl named lovely! It's quite possible that Lovely was an angel that God brought to this earth to take me one step closer to Salvation. When I offered her a pack of skittles, the look in her eyes taught me that never had she received such a sweet gift, and her response was to in turn pass every single skittle out to the nearest children around her. At that moment, I experienced the Gospel in a profound way.
After this moment, I asked God to show me who He was and begged Him to use Africa again in my future to continue to grow me and teach me His ways! I waited 7 years until God opened the door for me to travel to Sierra Leone with a group of Medical people and students from Multnomah Bible College. On that trip I fell in love with West Africa, and Jesus took me half away around the world to show me in a deeper way that He wanted my heart and not just my service or my sacrifice overseas. If I did not know love, if I did not trust Him above all things to care for the unseen and broken people of the world, then how could I trust that He saw me and loved me and was enough to heal not only the broken people around me but the broken places in my own heart.
A little over a year later, I headed out on the biggest adventure of my life. I headed to West Africa, Liberia with my dear friend Sherri to specifically ask the Lord how He wanted Africa to be a part of my future. At that moment, I didn't get the answer I was hoping for, as it required me to head back to the States, and learn some tough lessons that would prepare to me give up my life to follow Him anywhere. Though I felt like God was closing the doors in the moment, I had no idea just how many doors He was opening.
My goal and passion is to disciple young people through the arts in this generation who will be able to bring new life and hope to a broken world that is begging for something to live for. Many of the kids in Liberia were forced to be child soldiers or they were sold into trafficking and they feel like there is no other way out...or no way into safety. God has so much to say about Christianity being proved by what we are willing to give up to see these children enter the Kingdom...I don't want to miss out on this call of God!
I am going as a volunteer with Equip Liberia and I'm just trusting that a hired position will come available quickly as God permits. I thank each of you for your prayer for me concerning this desire of my heart! I care most deeply about becoming a kind passionate gracious truthful servant of God-I want it to be evident that I love Jesus with all my hearts and in spite of my sin, you can see Him reflected in such tangible ways through His life in me. One word- Fragrance! I realize this is weird, and crazy or abnormal, and it sets me apart, and sometimes it does make me walk alone. However, I live this way, because at the end of my life, all I want is to be in His presence as much as is humanly possible until the end comes.
I have a dream...You can find it rooted in the passages Isaiah 58 and 61. I am just crazy enough that I believe that God can change the world through me His servant.
So who am I becoming and hoping to be? Well, I am submitting myself to become the type of woman who will give up all my "rights", my possessions, and my passions to follow Jesus to the ends of the earth-wherever He calls me. I truly want my light to shine in darkness, and I want to bring the hope of the Gospel everywhere I go. I know that I have experienced depths of mercy and passion, because the Lord held me through some deep pain. I am fully His, and desire to do nothing apart from Him.
These lyrics say it all so be blessed dear friends. "When I think about the Lord, how He saved me, how he raised, how picked me up and turned me around, how he set my feet on solid ground...it makes me want to shout Hallelujah, thank you Jesus, Lord you are worthy of all the glory, and all of the honor and all of my Praise!"
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