Hi! Thank you SO SO much for finding your way to our blog. I’m so excited that you’re here. If you’re a teenager (like me) and you’re realizing that you may be called to overseas missions, then I’m right there with you. I won’t lie, I’m kinda scared, but my joy and excitement that I feel exceeds all fear. This is still new to me, the missions thing and the blog thing 😉 Anyways, thanks for being here, I hope that this blog can be an encouragement and hopefully you’ll find some laughs along the way.
Anyways, here’s a little about me. I’m 16 years old and a Junior in high school in a little town in Alabama you’ve probably never heard of. I go to a small country church in Alabama where I play piano and sing in our youth praise band. I am also in a band called Chapel, we will be releasing our first CD on January 4, 2017 (which I’m so excited for!) I am a cheerleader and softball player at my school, but I’m not really much of an athlete. I love to draw, write and play songs, take pictures, and do crafts; I’m very artsy. For a long time I’ve known I was called to ministry, I just never knew where I’d fall exactly. I thought maybe children’s ministry because I love kids and I did children’s church for many years. I also considered media and tech ministry because I like computers and technology. Each time, God closed doors in my face and I found myself in tears at a brick wall every time. All I wanted to do was follow where he wanted me to go, but I didn’t seem to fit anywhere. In 2014, the church I’d been attending since I was eight years old fell apart due to a scandal. I was at a loss. I’d been all over searching for my place and here I was, losing everything that meant “church” to me. The next February, I was invited to a little church in a small town about 10 minutes from my home for their youth group’s DNOW (Disciple Now) Weekend. I went a few weeks before DNOW and I finally felt like I belonged somewhere. It wasn’t long after I began going to church there, I joined their youth praise team and I’ve been there ever since. I’m so happy to be where I am, and I wouldn’t change anything.
Anyways, that’s enough about just who I am as a person and what I like to do. Let’s get to the point.. Missions.. In Africa.. With my best friend.. Away from everything and everyone I know.. In a foreign country.. On a new continent. Missions.. Wow, what a huge word. Going out into the world and preaching the Gospel. The Great Commission being fulfilled by my hands. I’ve always wanted to go on an overseas mission trip, but I never imagined moving to Africa and changing my life plans for that. I never imagined falling in love with a place by just looking at pictures and seeing other missionaries at work in that beautiful place.
The call to missions in Africa came in a small tug at my heart while I packed my first ever Operation Christmas Child shoe box. As I was packing a box for a teen girl, I looked down and my heart ached for the children over there that had never received a Christmas gift before. I felt God whisper to my heart, “Go to them.” I knew, this was Him telling me that mission was where I fit. That’s where He wanted me to follow Him. I always told Him that I’d follow “to the ends of the Earth,” but I didn’t realize how serious of a statement that was until I felt the call.
I won’t say that accepting the call to missions was easy for me, because it wasn’t. I went through a time of fear and denial. I was scared of everything that could happen to me, how I could get diseases (I’m the most sickly child on the planet) or how I could be killed for doing my “job.” However, God quickly reminded me that without me or someone else going, then they would never know Him, and what about them? How could I let them go without having the peace and love that I have? So I decided that He was right and accepted the fact that my whole life was about to change. Since accepting my call, I’ve been working non-stop to learn what the next steps to getting into the mission-field was and who I needed to contact to get insight and encouragement. Eventually, Lacey and I decided on starting this blog to encourage teens and their parents on a call to missions. I’m excited and I’m scared, but I am constantly reminded that He’s holding me in His hands and that I’m going to be just fine!
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[a] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 18-20
God Bless! I Love You!