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 Catherine Meyer:
Hey Journey Family and Friends!
My name is Catherine Meyer. I go to Georgia College and State University in a tiny town called Milledgeville, Georgia. You probably haven't heard of it, but our town's one claim to fame is Honey Boo Boo … yes, she lives here too. I am involved in greek life on campus--I'm a member of Delta Zeta's Lambda Pi chapter! I am my sorority's chaplain so I lead a bible study and am also on our dance team that competes during Greek Week. I love my sisters so much and have found greek life to be such an incredible ministry that the Lord has definitely given me favor in. I also attend Greek Prayer Wednesday mornings at 7am and pray that the Lord may transform greek life and use the people and organizations to glorify Him. I do my best to attend Wesley Worship weekly. This campus ministry is every Wednesday night and leads students in such incredible worship followed by an amazing lesson by our campus director or his wife. Life is pretty busy at school, but I haven't been able to stop thinking about my upcoming journey to Kenya. It initially began with my desire to serve orphans--as I learned what the title of orphan somewhat meant when I lost my own father. When the Lord, broke my heart for Africa, I found myself on Choose To Invest's website (thanks to previous Journey Alum., Jessica Hord … soon to be Jessica Jakaitis) and knew I would be traveling to Kenya this summer. For so many reasons, I can not wait to experience what the Lord has in store for me! What I'm most excited about is creating such an incredible, supportive community that Journey is notorious for, loving on and learning from the people of Kenya, playing with children and of course, growing more intimately with the Lord. I know this funding process and trip will push me in ways I've never known and I couldn't be more excited! Throughout this process, there are two verses that I have been leaning on:
"Rejoice in the Lord; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all aunderstanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:4-7
Already the funding process has been a little stressful for me and my responsibilities at school has seemed to take up SO much of my time--there never seems to be enough of it! But the Lord has proven over and over how a perspective of His truth and joy can alter my outlook to remember His glory and promises. This verse will continue to be the meditation of my heart as this summer approaches.
"For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake." 2 Corinthians 4:5
This verse is my prayer for this upcoming summer: That in all I do, the Holy Spirit may be speaking and working through me. That I may not proclaim myself, but all the glory and amazing works of Jesus Christ--that those who come to know me, may know Him and love Him through His work in me.
I'm so excited to be a part of this incredible team and to have all your thoughts and prayers on our side as we venture to Kenya this summer.
If you'd like to know more about my story with Choose to Invest and follow my journey, you can visit my blog! http://whereveryoumayleadme.blogspot.com.
Introducing Zac Rigsby:
Hey, My name is Zac Rigsby. I am currently a senior supply chain management major at Clemson University. Throughout my time at Clemson I have had the privilege of playing tennis for all four years as well as be in involved a few great organizations across campus. Last summer I got the opportunity to intern with my home church in Greenville, SC. During that internship I worked with the foreign missions pastor as well as the local missions pastor. While working with them the Lord began to create in me a love and passion for the world and his people in it. I have always loved to travel and enjoy other cultures but the love for his people around the world was one that I now wanted to share. So throughout this past fall and partly in the spring I have been praying and looking for the right opportunity. That is when I was told about Choose to Invest. Journey is an interesting opportunity mostly because it is unlike anything I have ever done before. God has taken me to Liberia and Slovakia but those have always been for short amounts of time. This commitment is something that I have not been able to do until now, and honestly it seems pretty daunting. But I know that God has a plan for me on this trip and I am so excited to share his love to the people there and to see him in so many different, new and unexpected ways. With graduation looming and the beginning of my life outside of college rapidly closing in, nothing is more needed than to be with God and his people, away from distractions and normal everyday life. I am so excited to go on this trip and to get to know all of you better.