Africa Update #2

Its been a whirlwind of responsibilities, finals (finance was killer), move out and couch surfing these past few weeks. With my Junior year ended, my time as a leader on campus come to a close, and saying goodbyes, it's been slightly overwhelming, and having time in between travels, I have been home hopping until I officially leave for my international trip on Wednesday, the tenth of May, at 10 am. 

Before I begin my mission trip in Uganda, I am stopping in London to see my best friend and her husband. They have been living in Worthing since September as missionaries & I am so excited to see them and witness the work they have been doing!

On the 17th of May I fly from London to Uganda and begin my two week mission trip their partnering with DOORS. (Here is their website if you want to see their ministry and who I will be working with). I will be joining them in their several different ministries and working along side them as well as have the opportunity to interview many different missionaries within DOORS and neighboring ministries. A few examples of their ministries are Uniquely Woven (the mothers focused weekly gathering), ADOORned (provides jobs for single moms through jewelry making), several kids sponsorship programs who then receive an education through the Doors Mission School (a school to educate those within Doors other ministries). These are just a few of their many different discipleship building and community loving programs & I am beyond stoked to come back with stories to tell. 

I write this at 11 pm and my first flight is tomorrow at 10 am, London here I come!

- safe travels
- an abundance of confidence
- an outpouring of love
- clarity about my future

More updates to come here! 

I've been reading through the gospel of Mark recently and I love seeing the disciples reactions to Jesus because they are genuine and realistic. By chapter 8 they have seen Jesus feed the five thousand, walk on water, cast out demons and heal the sick. YET they still struggled with Jesus’ identity. In verses 27-30 Jesus asks what others perceptions of His identity is. He first asked, “Who do people say that I am?” All of their answers were examples of people that were no longer living, showing His power but not quite His identity. He then asked the disciples who they say He is. Peter says “You are the Christ”. 

Jesus continues on to explain His suffering, future rejection, death then resurrection. Peter took Him aside and rebuked Him. They still weren’t grasping the truth in Jesus words, His full identity and the necessity of these actions. They have been traveling with Him, living with Him, experiencing life with Him but they still didn’t understand.

Jesus explains to the crowd and the disciples,

“If anyone would come after me let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.”

When we meet Jesus our lives are no longer ours, but his. and if a full, deep and real relationship is grasped then that old life wouldn’t be enough anymore. Jesus would become everything and this does require us to deny ourselves. Our lives lose value to us. They become about more than us and our temporary wants or human necessities, our lives become about Jesus and others meeting the creator because we simply can’t ever grasp the heights or depths of His love. Since we have experienced the complete life with Christ, we have to share. 

So I travel to Africa not to bring myself glory with accomplishment, not to have expectations that could hold me back, not to just get another stamp in my passport, or have stories to tell. 

I am going to experience who Jesus is to them 
& to share with them who Jesus is to me.  

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