I bet you’re wondering why I’ve decided to leave beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia to head out for six months, not totally sure what I’m getting into, but trusting God fully. I believe that God has given us all gifts and abilities for a reason: to fulfill His plan here on earth. From a young age I have always been interested in other cultures and countries and people. People from diverse cultural, religious, and racial backgrounds fascinated me. I always told my family that I was going to travel around the world and not miss a single country. I wanted to go everywhere, and I still do! I believe God planted this desire into my heart so that I would want to “go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15; Jesus’ command to His disciples). When I was in grade nine, I went on a mission trip with my youth group to Harrison Hot Springs where we ran a day camp for the children of that community. Reaching out to a community and serving them brought me so much joy. Telling the kids about Jesus and loving on them was amazing. That trip planted something in me, even though I didn’t really know it at the time. Fast forward to the summer between grade eleven and twelve, I went to a summer camp. My prayer to God that week was, “God, reveal a part of your plan for my life this week. I don’t know where to go after high school and need direction as I head into grade twelve.” Over that week, missions was a major topic. It came up everywhere! At first I didn’t put it together, I was just really fascinated with the topic. However, by Thursday night, as I was praying and worshipping, God gave me a vision in my head. There was me, standing in a rural village, loving on kids, helping with construction, and full-on serving the people of that community. I believe God didn’t give me the name of that place because I believe I am called to go all over proclaiming the gospel and sharing the love of Jesus Christ. Shortly after that awesome picture, the song Oceans came on. It was that time when it was like a super popular song and everyone sang it, all the time. Anyway, in the bridge it goes: Spirit, lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters, where ever you would call me. And take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, and my faith would be made stronger in the presence of my Saviour. As I’m standing there, arms raised, total camp high, the realization hit me that I meant those words with my whole heart. I wanted God to lead me and that I wanted to have full trust in Him as I go. I wanted to become that person that as soon as God called them somewhere, I would drop everything and go. That’s where this adventure comes in. I am at a point in my life where I am not too sure if I want to go back to school or what I want to get into. All I know is I want to go out into the world with God before me. So, after much prayer, waiting on Him, talking with those closest to me, and lots and lots of research, I applied to YWAM Kauai, and the rest is history! I am going where God has called me and I cannot wait to see what He reveals to me, what He is going to teach me, and how He is going to completely wreck me for the ordinary.
Keep me in your prayers during this time that I would continue to have faith in my God and that my heart will be open to His guidance and open to all the people I will meet.
Thank you for your support!