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 Adelaide Isaacs:
My name is Adelaide Isaacs. I’m from Nashville, TN, but go to school at Auburn University in Alabama. I’m a Spanish language major and I hope, once I graduate, to get my masters in Spanish and then continue on to law school. I hope to facilitate international adoptions alongside practicing social justice law. I love languages and am involved in many of the language tutoring and classes at Auburn. I’ve always been drawn to other countries—the unique culture and belief systems from around the world are fascinating to me and I’ve always wanted to experience it all first-hand. The Lord has been preparing my heart for an out-of-my-comfort-zone experience for a long time, and He has continued to open doors and send confirmation that He wants me in Kenya this summer. And I am sure glad He did because I want to be a part of what He is doing in Kenya, through Journey and Choose to Invest!! What a privilege and a blessing. I am thrilled to spend a more significant amount of time in a country across the world and see God’s hand move just as perfectly and beautifully as I have seen it here in the US.
The verse that I’ve been meditating on throughout this process is from Isaiah 45, verses 2 and 3. It says, “I will go before you and I will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.” It comforts me that He has promised to go before me, preparing and safe-guarding my path; that HE is the one to break down obstacles and cut through road-blocks, it is not my responsibility (Thank goodness!); and that He knows me and calls me by name—that He is a wildly personal God.
Introducing Jordan Ryherd:
Hey guys! So blessed and excited to be a part of this awesome team that God has prepared for us. I am a freshman at Lincoln Christian University currently studying youth ministry. However, I have been considering switching to a Spiritual Formation major (at the very least I plan on picking up a minor next semester). Spiritual Formation is basically just holistic discipleship of other people, being led by the Spirit of God. The idea of the program is to be built up in Christ and deeply rooted in a relationship with Him, so much so that it causes an outpour of the heart into other people. Some larger churches have actual Spiritual Formation pastors, but you can take the degree a number of different ways. It is exciting to say the least! On campus, I am involved in some student government stuff and I play on the school soccer team. In our campus town, there is an urban ministry for less fortunate kids that I help out with on Thursday nights called Quest. I serve at Jr. Quest which is 1st graders through 4th graders and afterward I get the privilege of taking two 3rd graders back to campus with me for an hour and half just to hang out. Also, I recently just started going back to my hometown of Rochester, IL on Sundays to help serve at my old high school youth group.
Why do I want to go to Kenya? I am not a missionary. But I love people! I’ve never actually been on any sort of missions trip in my life and I realize that I am jumping head first into this thing but it’s not about the travel or the culture for me. It’s about learning what discipleship and loving on God’s children looks like. I want to learn what it means to build God’s church in the most literal, tangible way that I can think of; without the distractions that everyday life here in America can bring. God has placed a desire in my heart to see His Kingdom COME to our world and specifically in His church. And for whatever reason, because honestly I am not even totally sure of why He is doing it yet, that will be in Africa for me with you all this summer.
You guys should definitely look these up:
1 John 4:18
1 Thessalonians 5:19