We are in the middle of a series of blogs introducing our Journey team for this summer. If you are joining us for the first time, I encourage you to go back and check out those you missed. Enjoy the stories of how God lead each of them to give up their summers to serve in Africa!
Introducing Elizabeth Ebling:
My name is Elizabeth Ebling, and I am from Waverly, Iowa. I am a freshman at Kingswood University in Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada studying in the Praxis program (Evangelism and Compassion Ministry). It is a super hands- on program in which we have the opportunity to go on weekly outreaches to soup kitchens, homeless shelters, youth rallies, drug rehab centers, prisons, and other similar ministries. On campus I am involved in student council, drama, worship team, and I get to serve with some awesome middle-schoolers as a small group leader for a local church. I also love art and my ukulele. I have felt called to go to Kenya for the past few years, but every opportunity to go there has ended with a closed door… until now. God would not leave me alone until I agreed to apply for Journey, and I could not be more excited to join Him in what He is doing! I know that it will be challenging, but I also know that big faith steps result in big growth. I also know that I have been so incredibly blessed, and He is calling me, calling us, to become a blessing. James 1:27 spurs me towards global missions and has encouraged through Journey; “Religion that God the Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
Introducing Faith Young:
I want to go to Kenya because last summer I went on a mission trip to Uganda with my church where I fell in love with Africa and the people there and I knew that the Lord was calling me back for another summer. I heard about Journey trough a friend and I wanted to go with them because they are so intentional about pouring into your life so that you are equipped to serve all the people you meet in Kenya. I also loved that Journey went for the entire summer and it is unlike a traditional church mission trip.
I love the way that the New Living Translation states Isaiah 44:22, it says, “I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me,for I have paid the price to set you free.” This verse is so encouraging because the Lord is speaking and is telling us that even though we continue to do wrong we continue to be righteous in his eyes because He paid the price. We are free, free to go serve, free to live, free to boldly approach the throne of God. This verse tells us that so beautifully.