There are exactly FIFTEEN more days until I pack my bags and say my final goodbyes to life as I know it as I journey to Guatemala for the month of July! The excitement is getting real and so are the fears. Now don’t get me wrong, I have way more excitement about the trip than any other emotion because I cannot wait to see how God moves as I step into new territory with him, leaving the American comforts behind to follow where he leads. I know he’s going to show up in big ways and in lots of little ways too, and I’m trying to learn how to see him in everything.
But I’m also nervous… What if I don’t bond with my team of 25 strangers? What if I’m not bold enough to share my faith? What if I get sick and miss out on parts of the trip? But you know what? All these “what if’s” are NOT from God. They’re from the devil. He wants to distract me and discourage me as I prepare for the trip of a lifetime. He KNOWS that he’s in danger because a huge group of teenagers are about to step into his territory to minister to people trapped in a cycle of poverty, abuse, or fear, and he’s going to do everything he can to hinder us. He doesn’t want us passionately pursuing God and sharing his love in radical ways and traveling across oceans to do so, but we’re going to do it anyway and God is going to be with us every single step of the way!
Joshua 1:9 says, “Be strong and courageous! For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
That verse alone holds enough encouragement and truth to get us through the trip. God has not called us to have a spirit of fear or timidity but of bold and courageous love.
Also, just to let you know, I am now 100% FUNDED! YAY!!! I couldn’t have been more blessed by everyone who willingly donated towards my trip. Seriously, thanks again!
Finally, here is a list of things I would love for you to keep in your prayers as I get ready to leave! I’ll hopefully be putting together a list of things for you to pray for while I’m there really soon!
- Safety traveling to Atlanta for training camp. We will be in Gainesville, GA from the 1st to the 4th of July for three days of training camp, team bonding, and worship, and we will fly to Guatemala on the 4th!
- Pre-trip worries to go away. These are the what-if’s I was talking about. God doesn’t want us to dwell on these things, so please pray that we would have an all-encompassing peace and be able to trust that God will provide.
- Time to spend with God. Even though I don’t have a job this summer since I’ll be gone for half of it, my life has been a never-ending to-do list recently and my alone time with God has been suffering because of that. And right now, I need that time more than ever so I can be filled with his presence for the trip.