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 Taylor Blair:
Hello Journey Family, I’m Taylor Blair! I am a sophomore Elementary Education major and a Chi Omega at Samford University in Birmingham, AL where Kadie Haase goes as well! I decided to apply for Journey after hearing incredible things about the trip from Kadie and few other girls who have been! I traveled to Ngaamba, Kenya this past summer for two weeks and did home visits, prayer walks, visited schools, and did a little bit of construction on the new medical clinic that is now up and running in Ngaamba Central. I immediately fell in love with the people I met there. They live such a simple lifestyle, and are so filled with joy. I grew tremendously this past summer just over two weeks by learning from the people I met. I knew I wanted to return, and Journey seemed like the perfect opportunity. Teaching is my passion. I love kids and want nothing more than to be a positive influence on a child’s life. I not only want to teach academically, but guide children into a relationship with our Lord and Savior. Spending two months in and out of schools in Kenya, investing into children and living alongside the people we meet as well as sharing the experience with people my age seems to be the perfect way to spend my summer! I am beyond thankful for this opportunity, and cannot wait to see how the Lord uses each one of us this summer and years to come to Glorify His name. One verse that has been on my heart is Ephesians 3:20 “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory”. Louie Giglio explained it at the Passion conference this year when he talked about whether or not we believe God can do immeasurably more in our life. He talked about how only God knows what is to come. We must NOT lean on our own understanding, but rely on His strength in us to overcome any disbelief we may have. God CAN and DOES do immeasurably more in our lives if we have faith, and allow the Holy Spirit to fill us with the strength we lack. As I prepare for this trip I am constantly reminded that I cannot plan anything that will happen, nor do I have any idea as to what these two months will truly look like, but God does. It is such a wonderful feeling to know God is in control and He has such a sovereign plan for each us!
Introducing Sam Curtis:
My name is Sam Curtis. I am a Junior at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN. I currently study Biology with a focus in Health Science to include all pre-medical classes. I am active in several intramural sports on my campus to include, football, softball, basketball and volleyball. I also work part-time as an EMT-IV in Knox and Putnam Counties. Recently, several friends of mine began a Bible study. We meet on Thursday nights at both my apartment and a friend’s in order that we can stay in the word ourselves as well as invite others we meet on campus to dive into the scriptures with us. It is proving to be far better than we could have ever imagined. I am excited about going to Kenya because for the last year or so I have felt a calling on my life for international mission work. I plan one day to use my medical licensure as a physician to help those in other countries who do not have easy access to medical necessities. In doing so, I will be able to meet a physical need as well as a spiritual one as I share the gospel with those that I treat. Going to Kenya with Journey will prepare me for such work in the future. I will be able to disciple those that I build relationships with and I also pray that God would show me the work He is doing in places like Kenya and further deepen this calling He has placed on my life. I am humbled by the opportunity to join with college students like myself and just spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. I think it is time I start taking the command to make disciples of all nations seriously and going to Kenya with Journey is one step in the right direction. A few verses that have been feeding my heart as of late have been from Matthew 18 and read “18 Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. 20 For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” As the time to leave for Kenya gets closer and closer I am over joyed by the thought of my Heavenly Father being in the midst of whatever the team will do while in Kenya. As we go in His name to further the good news of the gospel of Christ, He says He will bless it and give us all that we ask if we are in accordance with each other. I reckon as a final note I just want the Lord to be glorified in all that I do.