The team is doing great in their current community, we will have an update on their project progress in a few days....but until then, here are more thoughts from three incredible interns.
I have been sitting at this computer trying to figure out what to write for the past twenty minutes and I can’t think of anything. I am just going to pray that whatever is typed out comes straight from the Holy Spirit. So here we go.... BATTLE..... That word is this trip summed up. So far it has been a physical battle, mental battle, and a huge spiritual battle. You are tired a lot, constantly trying to process what you have been taught, while in all of this there is a huge spiritual battle going on inside of you. I have never felt the enemy trying so hard to crush me than on this trip. It is because he knows that the Lord my God is doing a mighty work in me and even on the days where I am at my weakest I say that MY STRENGTH COMES FROM THE LORD AND THE ENEMY WILL NOT BREAK ME!!!!!!!! Psalm 140:7 “O Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle.”
The biggest thing I have been battling with on this trip is worry. Worry about family, friends, and Hannah (girlfriend). I have constantly been reminded by God that he takes all my worry and I don’t have to deal with it. The peace that the Lord has given me has been unimaginable. Every time that a thought of worry comes up I just pray the worry away and God is so faithful in taking care of my heart and mind. The Lord has consistently been showing his faithfulness on this trip. Whether it be worry, rest, or anything else he has shown his beautiful, majestic, wonderful, amazing, alpha and omega, beginning and the end self. It has been so cool to see God move in ways that I have never seen before.
I can’t wait to get to the next day and see what God is going to teach me. Do I miss my family? friends? Hannah? Yes I absolutely do, but I am so set on what God is doing that I just look forward to tomorrow and can’t see past it! I love it!!!!!! God is growing this community of guys and girls into Men and Women of Christ that he is going to use in a huge way for his kingdom.
I want to say thank you to everyone who supports Journey and Choose To Invest. Thank you for all the prayers. We absolutely need them! My family; I miss you and can’t wait to see you again, but can’t wait for you to see the Man of Christ I am becoming. I love you! Hannah; I can’t wait to see you again and miss you so much. I can’t wait to get home and tell you all that has happened and how amazing God is. I love you! Keep praying everyone that God continues to show up in all things, even the small things. All Praise, Honor, and Glory to God!!!!! See you soon!
“Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it full well” Psalms 139:14. The Lord is always so faithful to do a mighty work, and having the privilege to experience that work not only in my own heart but in the hearts of my brothers and sisters I get to spend this summer with as well, my soul has just marveled in complete awe at the wonderful works of our God.
The word God has given me for these last few weeks is Trust. I wasn’t aware until this journey began how much I struggled with trusting God and as a result of that trusting my community. During our time at Camp Highland God began breaking my heart, all the walls that I didn’t even know existed came tumbling down around me. The beautiful thing about God is that He doesn’t leave us broken long; this last week has been God revealing to me the lies that I have long believed and immediately replacing them with Truth, building my heart back up and showing me time and time again how incredibly worthy of trust He truly is. For example, even though I am studying to be a teacher there aren’t many things more frightening to me than standing up in front of a crowd of people and speaking. It so happened that the second school we attended was so large that we divided up our teams so that we could go to more classrooms. Being in a group of four instead of seven left me without the option of stepping back and letting my team take over, but rather I had to speak on part of the lesson that I hadn’t prepared. Praise be to God that He is so faithful to provide, because in that moment He gave me the words to speak and the courage to speak it boldly. As I continue to walk in the path that God has laid before me I am given opportunity after opportunity to Trust in Him and also in this incredible community I am surrounded with. Thank you for the continued prayers and support of all that God is doing as we move forward in our Journey. Mungu Akubariki (God bless you all).
“Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your truth we wait anxiously for you; for your name and your renown are the desires of our souls.” (Isaiah 26:8) A community of 20+ college students thirsting for more of Christ and longing for more time in his word is extremely rare in today’s world, yet I’m blessed to literally live in the middle of such a community for 10 weeks this summer. It is evident in our conversations, and I would dare to say even on our faces, that the Lord is working in and through each of us. I’m sure you’ve heard that the house (or the tent, depending on our whereabouts!) is constantly full of laughter. It’s also overflowing with encouragement and with songs or praise. Surely, I didn’t meet these amazing brothers and sisters just 20 days ago. Am I surprised by how God is working among this incredible community? No, because “we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which He prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10) Although I’m not surprised, I am consistently blown away by how huge, yet intimate; sovereign, yet personal; and mighty yet gentle our God is.
My words are too few and inadequate to explain what He is doing within my own heart. But one thing he is revolutionizing is my prayer life. Starting each day with no expectations of what the day might hold, my hope is completely found in Christ. As he continues to refine my heart and make himself known to me, I’m learning what it means to be in constant communication with God. There is no way we could function as team to complete each day’s tasks without centering everything in Christ. He sits at the right hand of the throne of the Father, interceding for us. In addition, through him we may boldly approach the throne of grace with confidence. I’ve found that in presenting my requests to God with prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, he takes away all anxiety. The peace of God guards my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Sound familiar? Philippians 4 is coming to life in my own everyday walk. The beauty of this is that with the power of Christ in me, I can surrender my desire to control the details of each day. Instead of doubting my own ability when we step off a bus and into a crowd of hundred young students, my strength is in the Lord, and in Him all things are possible.
Continue praying for our team as we grow individually with the Lord and corporately as a group, and know that we are praying for YOU. Yes, you. I believe that God is strengthening friendships, relationships, and family bonds overseas as we are away, all through the power of prayer.