To Africa or Bust

Even as I type this post, I still haven’t wrapped my mind around the concept that I am going to Kenya in 35 days. (!!!!)

Ever since I was in seventh grade, I have dreamed about going to Africa. I honestly have no idea what first attracted me to the idea of doing missions work in this continent, because at the time I had no family members or friends who had participated in African missions trips. I truly believe that this desire was God given, because six years later, I’m just as passionate about Africa.

I am going with a team through Love Africa Missions, and we will be partnering with four ministries based out of Kenya. I truly believe that the Lord will do incredible things through our team, and that He will move in mighty ways. Though this blog will not be solely dedicated to Africa, I will use this outlet to report prayer requests and write about what God is doing while we are there.

Thinking back over the past year, I am truly amazed at God’s grace. During the holiday season last year, I was still carrying the weight of a hardened heart, and refusing to fully surrender to Jesus. I was living selfishly, and could find no true joy in any area of my life. In a single year, He has radically changed my everything. He has mended my brokenness, given me peace, comforted me with His truths, and is allowing me the opportunity to serve Him in Africa. Wow. Though this year has been wrought with trials, God has still been faithful.

It’s so crazy how God’s hand is in the midst of every area of our lives. He will never give up on any one of His children, and all it takes is meeting Him with a willingness to surrender. In my humanness, I thought He would abstain from giving me blessings out of disappointment, but He has blessed me with the opportunity to follow a passion that began when I was thirteen. I am truly undeserving of God’s faithfulness, and unrelenting mercies. My cup overflows, and my heart is full of praise for what He’s done. Following Jesus will never disappoint, and His grace is truly overwhelming.

Jesus offers do-overs, and that’s pretty freakin’ awesome.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

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