Meet Anna and Kelton

Kelton Hughes Hello Everyone! My name is Kelton Hughes. I moved down here to Georgia from Nebraska about twelve years ago and as much as I want to go back, I feel like God has me here for a reason. Throughout the years, I finally know why. I wasn’t doing too hot in public school and didn’t really know God all that must either while I was in public school. So I finally left public school two years ago and now I feel like I’m at home with this amazing school that I go to now. I was so blessed to take part in the new class that Nathanael and Kristin created called Senior Internship! I am a senior this year at Bristol Oaks I’m not sure where God has me going after this year yet. But I know He will show me one of these days. I first heard about Journey though Nathanael and Kristin at the beginning of my senior year and thought it was so cool that they take groups over to Kenya every year! As soon I heard that, that was my new dream. To go to Kenya and serve others. Few of you know that included in the Senior Internship, we got to go to Haiti for a week for the same reason that Invest goes to Kenya. Well Kenya wasn’t really on the radar for me until a couple weeks before Haiti. Then once I got the yes from my parents, I jumped on bored as soon as I could. God has been showing me throughout my senior year that I am supposed to be a Missionary. Although I’m not one hundred percent sure that He is showing me this, I think Haiti and then Kenya on top of that, there’s a sign there. My original thoughts about after high school were to go into the Marine Corps but that quickly faded in January. There was a clear sign from God that was saying that the way I wanted to go was the wrong way. I know that God has big plans for me and I’m sure that Kenya this summer is in his plan for me. There are so many different ways that I’m excited about this Internship! I’m beyond excited to meet all these new faces to me and get to know each and every one of them. To me, everyone is a friend to me. I love getting to know people. I also love to camp and do everything that involves the outdoors. I love to do manual labor as well. The only down part to manual labor is sweating. I absolutely hate hot weather. But down in Haiti, I learned to live with it. But the main thing I’m most excited for this summer is getting closer to God. There is literally nothing better to me than getting closer to the One who made Me! I’m so excited to be part of Journey 2011!

Anna Escoe Hey hey! My name is Anna Escoe, and I grew up in Toccoa, Georgia. I am currently in my junior year at North Greenville University in Tigerville, SC, where I am studying early childhood education. I began specifically praying about overseas missions at the end of the summer of 2010. God gave me a specific desire for missions, but I had no idea where I was supposed to go or the organization that I was supposed to go through. After finding out about the Journey internship, meeting the leadership of Choose to Invest, and praying about going to Kenya, I felt very strongly that I was being led to apply. I am so humbled to have been given the opportunity to go to Kenya this summer as an intern! It’s incredible that our team gets to be the vessel that shares the name of Jesus and the hope that can only be provided by our Savior with the people of Kenya! I’m so thankful that, even with all of our imperfections, the Lord uses us to advance His kingdom. While this is not my first overseas mission trip, this is my first time going to Africa, and I could not be more excited!! Jesus is teaching me so much during this preparation process. When I first found out that I was accepted for Journey, it was literally all I could think and talk (I was driving my friends crazy!) about. While it is wonderful to be excited about all that’s going to happen this summer, I realized that I was forgetting to live in the present and remain mission-minded about the mission field that I have right now. The Lord has been teaching me that there are so many people within my current sphere of influence that do not have a relationship with Him and the importance of being fully obedient each and every day—ultimately to make sure that I’m living in the present! I am so excited about being taken completely out of my comfort zone and learning what it means to take risks to follow Jesus. I am even more excited about seeing Jesus pursue the hearts of the people in Kenya and seeing lives change! There are many things that I do feel somewhat anxious about with this experience, but I know that Jesus is in complete control and that I must trust Him. I have no doubt that He will exceed every expectation that I could ever set for this experience, and I cannot wait to see all that the Lord teaches me this summer!