On June 15, 2008 (3 days after my high school graduation) I boarded a plane headed for South Africa and would spend the next 2 months sharing my faith with the Basotho people and sharing my heart with my 15 team members.
I want to share with you my heart upon returning home as shared with my dear Outreach Staff:
Lately I’ve been listening, just listening to what is going on around me, and it’s caused me to start thinking. The lyrics of my favorites artists; the stories from friends here and from all of you; the hearts of believers. God is transforming them, molding them, making them. God is at work.
The things we’ve been praying for in my Bible study, some new and some for a very long time — God is there. He is answering prayer. Friends are praying and bringing their faith into their schools — God is there. He is changing hearts. My favorite Christian music artists are writing new songs about reaching out to the world with Christ’s love — God is there. He is giving passion to those who desire Him.
The world is hurting more than ever, or perhaps it is just easier for me to see it now instead of brushing it off. But God is at work. Great things are happening and I am reminded of the missions statement for last summer. The verse we chose for our summer was Habakkuk 1:5: “Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” That verse wasn’t meant solely for our summer. God is doing a mighty work right now. Be ready. God will continue to do mighty things in our lives. I encourage you all to keep on seeking Christ.
None of us was brought to South Africa by “chance” or because we just thought it would be a fun adventure. God called all of our hearts and I believe He is still calling us. Maybe it’s only overcast and gloomy in Seattle, but as we all have a routine again, do not forget what God is doing now. Let God be the strength in each weakness. He is a mighty God with a mighty work and a magnificent plan for our lives. It is my prayer for each of us that we continue to seek God with all of our hearts.
As they say in Qwa Qwa, Modimo a o hlohonolofatse. (God bless you.)
No experience in our lives is meaningless. Nothing God does is arbitrary. I know God worked in my heart that summer and I know he was preparing me for more. He is still preparing me, but recently I have seen glimpses of his love and his plan for me and I know it is good. This week I’ll begin to share with you where God has brought my heart in the last 3 years.
Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.