Hello everyone! EXCITING NEWS:
I’m going to Africa at the end of August!
For the past four years, it has been a huge dream of mine to go on a mission trip to Africa. I had no idea how I was going to get there, or when. This dream was put on the back burner for so long because it seemed like an impossible goal to reach. Not only including the insane costs of a trip of such magnitude, but also the reality that I had no time or a reliable way to get there.
The story of how this came to be is a special one. Two years ago, I had contacted an incredibly kind stranger, Hannah, who’s blog I had randomly stumbled upon. She had wrote about a mission trip to Uganda she had been on, how it had changed her life, and posted several beautiful pictures of the children and the people she had met there. I emailed her explaining that I was interested in going on a mission trip to Africa at some point, and I asked what group she went with. Hannah had gone to Uganda with an organization called Four Corners Ministries, located in Alabama. This all seemed very unlikely for me in my life at this point, so I soon forgot about my emails to Hannah and went on with my crazy life.
Flash forward to this year, to an incredibly confused 19-year-old girl who has no clue who she is destined to be. I survived my first year of college with little to no answers as to what I want to pursue in the future. Looking for answers, I opened my heart to God, and decided to take a break from college for 2018 fall semester. One day, I happened to be scrolling through old emails and randomly came upon my conversation with Hannah a year before. I researched FCM, and reached out to several incredible people there. I was met with so much joy and kindness that I was truly overwhelmed. It’s so funny how when something is part of God’s plan, it all happens to magically fall into place.
Through the timing and the planning of God alone, I booked my plane ticket with 7 other strangers, heading to Gulu, Uganda at the end of August. While in Uganda, I will be assisting the people at Abaana’s Hope, a medical clinic for the Acholi people. There, I get the pleasure of loving on over 50 school children, all coming to learn about the never-ending, reckless love of God. I get to hear their stories, play all kinds of games, make crafts, and hug on so many beautiful Acholi children.
I know that this trip will be life changing, and I am SO excited to share my journey and my experiences with you all. I would greatly appreciate your prayers for a safe journey.
WANT TO SUPPORT ME ON MY TRIP?
It is no secret that going to another country is expensive. With vaccines, airfare, food, and a place to stay — you can imagine the costs start to add up. If you are interested in helping me get there, I would LOVE anything you are able to offer me.
Thanks to the company Fund The Nations, I am selling some rad t-shirts that I designed! These shirts are SUPER soft, and great quality! Each shirt is $20, and all the proceeds I make will go towards this trip. I will accept payments in cash, check, paypal, or venmo. If you do not live in the Bayfield/Durango area and would like a shirt, awesome! Go ahead and email me the size you would like (shirts run a little small!), as well as your shipping address! I aim to get all the shirts shipped out by the end of August or the beginning of September. If you are interested, please email me at email@example.com (or just call/text me if ya got my number).
I chose the verse “DO EVERYTHING IN LOVE” because I strongly believe that it is the foundation of my life. To me, love is undoubtably the most important aspect in living a life worthy of our calling. It is my goal; that every single thing I do is done in love. When I wear this shirt, I want to be reminded of just how powerful the act of loving can be, all while taking this endless love with me, and with you, wherever we may go.
Whether it be Africa, the United States, or wherever God may lead you, let everything you do be done in love.
Thank you for reading.