The final member of our Summer Staff team is Trey Hayman. Trey was an intern in 2013, and will be working with Rejoice Project this summer. Trey is extremely talented musically, and has undeniable favor with the Kenyan children. We are so pumped that Trey will be filling this unique role this summer, and can't wait to have him join our team again! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
What’s up guys? My name’s Trey Hayman. I’m a junior at Belmont University in Nashville, TN double majoring in Christian Leadership and Psychology. I am so stoked to have the opportunity to come back and work with the Rejoice Project this summer. Last summer on Journey, God did something incredible in my heart. He awakened to me my true identity. Through my sister’s adoption, He taught me all about who I am as His adopted child. I am coming back to work with Rejoice Project for this reason. I want to show the children of Kenya that despite what’s going on in their lives or what they’ve done, that God loved them enough to send His Son to die for them, and if they simply receive His free gift of grace, their identity is changed and they are adopted into the family of the living, breathing God. I want to help equip Journey to teach in the schools and share Christ’s love with these kids. I am so excited to see heart change this summer, both in Journey and through Rejoice Project. I’m really looking forward to watching God use the Journey team in the lives of the children as He awakens them and brings them to Himself.
If I had one piece of advice for Journey it is to set your eyes upon Jesus, and He’ll make things happen. I know fundraising and leaving everything and everyone you know is petrifying, but if God has called you, you can rest assured that He’ll provide. Your job is to just to listen and follow. He’s faithful and He’s a lot bigger than we think he is. Parents, I would encourage you to do the same thing. Seek after Christ. I know it’s scary having your kids leave the country for so long, but God’s got big plans for them, and He’s chosen them for this. Know too that God has a way of using people’s absence to do growth in the people they leave behind just as much as or more than the people who leave. Be prepared for God to work in your lives during this time as well, so focus on Christ, and let Him transform you from the inside out. The rest will fall into place because our God is that good and that faithful.
My favorite passage of Scripture is Ephesians 1:3-14. When I’m struggling with knowing who I am, this passage is filled with words of wisdom. We live in a culture where it is so easy to define ourselves by what we do or what people think about us, but that’s not what the Bible says at all. The truth of Christianity is that it’s not about us or what we’ve done. It’s about what Christ did on the cross because He loves us. That’s where our identity is found. We are chosen, loved, holy, righteous, forgiven, grace-filled, purposeful sons and daughters of the Father in heaven. There is nothing we can do to change that. As adopted children of the Most High God, we have been blessed with the opportunity to be used by Him to bring Him glory.