As we near the summer, it is time to start looking forward to another season of Journey. We are excited to begin telling the stories of the team going with us this summer. First, we will take this opportunity to introduce all of them to you. Enjoy the stories of how God lead each of them to give up their summers to serve in Africa!
Introducing Allie Swinson:
Hey hey! My name is Allie Swinson. I grew up in Lithia Springs, GA and now I live in Kennesaw, GA. I go to Kennesaw State University and I am currently pursuing a degree in nursing. I am a high school freshman girls small group leader at an awesome local church here in Atlanta. I want to go to Kenya to separate myself from my daily distractions, so that I may grow closer to God and seek His will for my life. We are all called to be missionaries and my heart longs to know the field God wants me to serve Him in as I begin my final years of college. In order for me to be His disciple, I need His hand to be my guide. But before I can cling on to His grasp, I need confirmation that I have found His hand and not just the shadow of it (if that makes any sense). The passage that I have found myself going back to is Psalm 116:6-9. It says, "The Lord guards the inexperienced; I was helpless, and He saved me. Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. For you, Lord rescued me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living." As I face different obstacles and challenges for this trip, this verse has continuously brought me peace. I am young and inexperienced in many ways but the Lord guards me and my heart. I can find rest in Him because He has already saved me from the worst thing I will ever face: eternal death.
Introducing Trey Hayman:
Hey guys! My name is Trey Hayman! I’m 19 years old and a sophomore at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, studying Christian Leadership and Psychology. Here at school, I’m involved with several different things including working with the admissions department, but primarily I serve as a resident assistant to a hall of about 150 freshman guys. That experience alone has been such a blessing to me, and God has been growing me in some crazy ways through it. This year of serving as an RA particularly, but really this past year and a half at school I have grown closer to God than ever before and have heard a resounding call to serve Him in every aspect of my life. Now this summer, I’m blessed with this wonderful opportunity to serve in Kenya with Journey. I started feeling a call to missions freshman year of high school on a mission trip to Guatemala. When my family moved there to adopt my little sister Cintia my senior year of high school this desire was rekindled. Since then, I have had it on my heart to serve those less fortunate than I am, specifically children who like my sister would not have a chance without help. During this past semester, I felt God laying Africa on my heart as a place to serve. I heard about Choose to Invest through a friend. After I heard more about it, I knew going would be a decision I would never regret. The process of seeking after God in this decision has definitely been a journey. Every day it seems like God calls me to trust Him with new things, and He has been growing me like crazy through that. A verse that has been super influential in this journey is a verse that recently became my favorite verse. It is Jeremiah 32:27 which says, “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” That just serves as a perfect reminder for me to trust in God in everything I do because He is in control and is all-powerful. It would be foolish of me not trust Him with my whole life and let Him use me however He chooses, and I want Him to throw me out of where I feel comfortable, so I am beyond excited to see what God does this summer on this journey.