Hello, My name is Brantley Bell and I am 19 years old. I live in Anderson County, South Carolina. I am a freshman at Tri-County Technical College. This time leading up to Journey has been really fast for me. I found out I was an intern Valentines Day weekend and God has provided in a way that I have never seen before. I have been awestruck at the way everything has come together. To be brutaly honest I don't really know why God is calling me to Africa this time. I can only say that I am super glad that he is!!!! I have a passion for the African people and especially the children. I am ready to see what God is going to reveal to me during the next three months and can't wait for this JOURNEY to start.
My name is Will Tumlin. I am a Senior Business Management and Entrepreneurship major at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and will be graduating this upcoming December. I grew up in Birmingham and came to Samford to play football. I played four seasons and now am focusing on my degree and what the Lord has next for me. I felt the call to Africa through various circumstances and what the Lord was doing in my heart towards discipleship and the great commission. I saw how my life was impacted by people investing in me and loving me through my sin. I believe that discipleship is completely necessary in the Christian walk and I wanted to experience this discipleship and be trained in it even more this summer. I also believe that the Lord calls us to make disciples of ALL nations and I wanted to see what this looks like in another country and context. I believe that this summer will challenge me to fully rely on the Lord aside from all of my comforts. I want to have to rely on Him in all things and be drawn closer to Him through this Journey trip. I want to see Christ glorified through this trip and lives changed through love and service. My verse for the summer is Romans 1:5 "through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among ALL nations." I believe that we are called to love others as Christ first loved us and gave Himself for us. We are now ambassadors and called to this commission by the grace bestowed on us through Christ. I cannot wait to experience the community that the Journey trip will provide and the ways that we will be able to grow in Christ together through His Word. I pray above all things that He is glorified and we are drawn closer to Him because He is worthy of all praise.
I am William Rudisill though only people who have known my for 15+ years call me "William." I'm from North Augusta, SC and am going to be a senior at Clemson University
On October 31, 2011, the Lord spoke to my heart in the most clear and profound way I have ever heard. He challenged the vision I had for my life. He asked me if living the “American dream” was an acceptable way to spend my life. The Lord immediately spoke to my heart telling me that I should spend my summer completely reliant on Him to provide for me. I needed an opportunity to serve God in a way that would challenge and grow my faith. I’ve never been to a third world country. I’ve never been on an international mission trip. I’ve never been to Africa. When I considered these facts, I realized that East Africa would be a place that would challenge me in a way I’ve never experienced.