On June 11th I will be leaving to spend the summer in Tijuana, Mexico.
Over the past few years I have gone on weekend-long missions trips with my church.
In the summer of 2012 I went on my very first missions trip which was in Panama. Reflecting back I had just turned 17 and was entering my senior year of high school. I can't really recall what prompted me to go, but now I know the Lord had a plan all along. Before going on this first trip I was nervous because I don't speak Spanish, I questioned how God can use me. But that was me doubting Him,in Luke 18:27 it says
“What is impossible for people is possible with God.”
But at the time that's not I was thinking, I was thinking about myself and what I can and cannot do, not the things that God can do.
After spending 10 days there I realized how much I loved serving in the missions field. I saw how universal God's love is and that although I wasn't able to communicate the way I wanted to that I was still able to share God's love.
Following that trip I began going to Mexico, November of 2013. By this time I was out of high school. Still unable to speak the language, I am able to dance along to the children's worship songs in Spanish. It can be tricky because the kids think I speak Spanish because I know the songs!
Throughout the years I began to really grow a love for Mexico. There are so many opportunities to serve, we often visit orphanages and just love on the kids that are there.
Last summer I went to Panama again. I was so excited to back to the place that sparked my interest in the first place. So much had changed since the last time I had went. I recognized a lot of the people from our church there. I remember thinking to myself "I really want to stay here for more than just 10 days."
Coming back from that trip I knew that there was more for me to do. As I continued to pray about it and continue going to Mexico I spoke to some of the missionaries in Mexico. It's incredible to hear their stories and see how God has worked in their lives during their time at the training center.
In November I finally decided that I'd apply to be an intern at the training center. It took me a while to actually fill out my application because I was having second thoughts. It's something that has been so heavy on my heart for years now but I've always put it on the back burner.
During my last trip in February I finally turned it in! So this summer I will be staying in Mexico learning what it really is to be a missionary. My church has been going out there for 7 years and this is the first time anyone is actually going to stay out for longer than the weekend. Me and two other girls will be going.
During these last few months I have been saving my money so that I can go. It's been incredible to see how the Lord has provided over these last few months. At work I've been getting some very generous tippers and can't help but to thank God. I am also thankful to have a flexible job that will let me return to work when I come back in August.
Counting the cost is something that I've been learning. And I'm not just talking financially. Serving God comes with sacrifices and being human I have had selfish thoughts wondering "God do I really want to miss on this event to serve you?" And then I am so humbly reminded of the sacrifice Christ made on the cross.
With that being said, I ask that you keep me in your prayers as I prepare for this trip and to continue praying for me this summer. Pray that I am open to what the Lord has in store for me and that I have an obedient heart.
Thank you so much for reading this, be blessed.