In just a few short days, I along with ten others will be traveling to Thailand. As I said in my recent post, we will be working in an orphanage(s), traveling to a village, helping out at a university with college students, doing a women’s ministry, and doing a prayer walk around the city. I have never left American soil, so I am beyond excited to walk on Thailand soil!
During these past few weeks our leader, Dr. Ed would ask each of us, “Use one word to describe how you are feeling about the trip.” One of the very first word to go was, “excited” so the rest of us would quickly think of a word and say, “pumped, thrilled, nervous, blessed, etc…” You had to shout out a word before someone would take it or else you would have to think really hard to find a word to describe how you were feeling. Now, if I would ask myself how I am feeling about the trip I would say, shocked, but in a good way. I cannot believe that my first semester as a freshman is just about over and I am traveling the whole way around the world in just a few short days. To be honest, it felt like it would never come! The only thing standing in my way are two papers and two finals then I am DONE my first semester of college! Back to why I chose the word, shocked. A few months ago, around November when I threw the idea out to my parents they were a little hesitated. My parents have been a little hesitated since I threw the idea out to them when I was in the sixth grade. Ever since I was in the sixth grade, I have felt called to over seas ministry. Do I know where. No. I have no idea! But, I enjoy it that way, at times, because it will be very exciting to see how God will open up doors, or close them. God has opened up an incredible opportunity to be able to travel to Thailand with an awesome group of people. I still cannot believe that I have such a great opportunity to be able to go across the globe and to share the gospel with those who need it. I am also speechless that all of our money came in, ALL PRAISE AND GLORY TO GOD. God is so good. That is all I have to say about that, because I am still in awe about it.
Please continue to be praying for my team as we prepare ourselves and as we all are finishing up our school work. I cannot believe that in a week from now, my journey will begin. My journey of a lifetime to a beautiful country with beautiful people.
In 11 days from now, I and 10 others will begin our journey to go the whole way across the globe to a beautiful country, with beautiful people.
Thailand is made up of around 67 million people. 94.6% of them are Buddhist, 4.6% of them are Muslim, 0.7% of them are Christian, and then there are 0.1% of which are other. This country is in need of a loving Savior. Over our span of about twelve days we will be working with college students in a nearby University, having a prayer walk around a city, going to an orphanage, working women ministry and as well as going to nearby village.
English: A big festival, where thousands of Khom Fai (sky lanterns) are floated in to the air during a Buddhist ceremony, is held a few days ahead of the actual Loy Krathong/Yi Peng festival in San Sai district near Maejo University, some 20 km north of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Apparently, this festival will be held on a smaller scale on the 24th of October, 2009, again in San Sai municipality. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I am very thrilled to see how God is going to work in not only myself but with my team. We all have been figuring out our different gifts and talents God has given to us. Some of us are on the very extroverted side and then there are some of us in which are on the other end of the scale begin introverted and then there are those we are about half and half. I am very thankful for each and everyone who is on this Journey Team. Although we all have our differences, we end up being a team filled with joy and laughter. I have never been apart of a group that honestly just clicked from the very start. I honestly believe that God placed us all together for a purpose, something greater than we may every know but I have a feeling that this trip is going to change us all in amazing ways.
May we finish our high school and our college semesters strong and continue preparing our hearts for a journey of a lifetime. As the founder of World Vision, Bob Pierce once prayed, “God break my heart for what breaks Yours.” May our hearts be broken and may You shine a light onto those who need it. Please continue to pray for us while we prepare our hearts for traveling the whole way across the globe to a beautiful country with beautiful people.