Thursday, December 30, 2010
"It is true that God may have called you to be exactly where you are. But, it is absolutely vital to grasp that he didn’t call you there so you could settle in and live your life in comfort and superficial peace." Francis Chan
I have no doubt in my mind that a short twenty-three years ago, God carefully placed me in the hands of parents and family that would raise me in Galveston, TX and in the halls of Moody Methodist Church. I have no doubt that He purposefully constructed the experiences I have had, the education I am blessed enough to have obtained, and the potential employment opportunities that are knocking at my door. I also have no doubt in my mind that He has called me to leave these things behind to go serve Him, and I could not be more excited about it.
I have an indescribable passion for international mission and have been blessed to have had the chance to be a part of many trips and adventures throughout high school and college. God has taught me about His faithfulness as He has commissioned me to do construction in Mexico, sent me to play countless hours of soccer in Belize, love on the widowed and orphaned in Brazil and Guatemala, help establish an orphanage in Ghana, hold VBS in South Africa, work with a team of therapists at a school for children with disabilities in Costa Rica, and more.
Although I should have learned a long time ago that His plan for me is far greater than the one I could create, I am in awe of the opportunity that He has entrusted me with this time around. The time I spent at Texas A&M pursuing a degree in psychology as well as the invaluable information I gained at the University of Texas University earning my Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling have proven to be part of God’s glorious and intricate plan for me.
Although Liberia’s infrastructure and economy have begun to stabilize over the past few years, the hearts of the people are likely to still be burdened with grief and traumatic memories of the civil wars that they have experiences in the recent past. Through the community that has been established at Camphor Mission Station, I will have the honor to serve as a counselor for God’s children who are struggling with how to move forward. I am overwhelmed with God’s graciousness for giving me the opportunity to use my areas of academic interest in conjunction with my passion for mission.
I also hope to get involved in the church's ministry. Because I have seen first hand how important it is to live within a community of believers that will support your walk in faith, hold you accountable, and advise you with a heart that is ultimately for Christ, I am hoping that God will use me to help organize and establish small groups/bible studies within the community at the mission station.
As I prepare for my trip, I am seeking out those of you who will commit to praying for my full dependence upon God throughout my experience, peace for the love ones I am leaving behind, and the hearts of the Liberians I have yet to meet. Prayer and confidence in His will are the most important needs for my trip. If you would like to follow my journey, I am honored to have the chance share what God is doing in me and through my on blog at InPursuitOfHisGlory.blogspot.com