I was thinking earlier about how many Sunday’s there are before I leave for Slovakia…only 3 now! WOW! I can’t believe it is nearly here! Everyone keeps telling me how I will have a different perspective on things when I get back. I hope so. I’ve felt like I’ve needed to go on a mission trip for a long time now. God has made my heart burst with compassion for His people over the past several years. I am just now getting to the point where I don’t cry very much in church anymore. I have been like a weeping willow tree, crying at the least little thing.
You know I haven’t said a whole lot about the trip lately because I’ve had every anxiety imaginable come into my mind over leaving. I decided that God didn’t want me to live in anxiety and fear, so the best thing for me to do was to put my focus on Him. He has been keeping me busy! It has worked and the time for us to leave is drawing near. I thank my precious Savior for keeping my mind focused on Him and not anywhere else. When Pastor Ty called and asked me to join the team I gave him every excuse why I couldn’t. But it didn’t take long for God to tell me otherwise. Once I wrapped my mind around what God wanted, the rest was up to Him. I’m not even gone yet and I have already experienced the power of God in the generosity of His people. When God wants something to happen, trust Him! He WILL make a way!
I didn’t have my passport or any money saved for a trip. Pastor Ty told me to let God work all that out and to pray about it and see what happened. Well, the next day I sent off for my passport and later that week I sent out a letter seeking donations for my trip. Within 5 days I had right around $1000! Our Missions Committee gave each of us $500 and then each first timer received $100 from the District. So, right there was $1600! I still don’t know what the final price is, but we are hoping it is around $1650. I was told it would be between $15-1800. So my goal was $1800. Today I have a total of around $1700 AND a passport! We serve a BIG God and He can do HUGE things! For me this has been majorly HUGE! Pastor Ty told me that this was an affirmation that I belong on this trip. I believe it is.
My beautiful daughter, Corynn has decided not to live in fear any more and I am right there with her. God did NOT send His Son to die for us to live this way. We are to be HOLY and PLEASING at all times. Fear should NOT be in our vocabulary ( thank you for the reminder, my wise daughter!) You know what Corynn and I have in common? We both lost long time relationships this year and in doing so, we were “set free” to experience God to the fullest. I think our focus was lost. I was an “enabler.” When I decided to focus on God, things changed.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to let go. My life has changed drastically since this has happened and I can’t help but wonder if I’d even be going on this trip if that hadn’t happened. Only God has those answers. I know that the doors of opportunity have opened wide for me since that day and it’s almost like I was set free. I can’t really explain it any other way. Today I am doing things I never thought I would be, why? Because God has set me free! My focus has changed and today it is on Christ. That doesn’t mean I am perfect, because I am not. ha! Far from it. God loves me warts and all!
I thank everyone out there who has been praying and who has donated funds for this once in a lifetime trip to Slovakia! I especially thank my family who has been extremely supportive of me going! I love you all! A great big thanks to my parents for driving all the way here to help with the kids and keep Cort out of trouble while I am gone! You are giving much and I love and appreciate you from the bottom of my heart! I still can’t believe I am going! I know that God is going to “wreck my life in the best way possible!” ( LEH) I will be taking all of you with me in my heart and prayers and it is through your efforts that we are able to go and serve in Slovakia as THE BODY OF CHRIST. Listen to me…I Said WE…because WE are ALL GOING on behalf of Jesus Christ, FUMC Hillsville, CARROLL COUNTY, VIRGINIA and the great USA! I can’t wait to do chalk art in the streets of Bratislava and I can’t wait to come back and share the new creativity that God will give me. I love you all and thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul and my toes! Here’s to ” fear NO MORE!”
In Christ’s Service,