“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” -Mother Teresa
About 10 years ago, I traveled to Romania with my family. It’s a trip I’ve shared in this space already and is one that can be summed up by saying it was absolutely a life-changing experience. You just cannot be the same person after a trip like that. I would love to go back one day, as well as take another mission trip to Kenya with Christian sometime in the future. (Something my parents did a few years ago, which you can read about here and here.)
I love reading about other people’s mission trip experiences. It’s not always easy to say yes to God, especially if it means saying ‘no’ to a lot of other things in your life – things that have been a part of your schedule, routine, and plan. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I get so excited when people I know personally have said YES to His request to GO. Because even though it’s not an easy thing, we know that His plans are always better than the ones we could have tried to create on our own.
Today I’m excited to introduce you to my (in real life!) friend Bekah. She’s as sweet as pie and incredibly brave to 1. hear God’s whispers to go to another country to love on the people there, and 2. to say YES to His request. Not only am I happy to share Bekah’s story with you, as she gets ready for this mission trip to India, but I love so much that we can be a part of the story too, and help her get there.
Hi! I’m Bekah. About six months ago, I joined a small group of 5 other girls who I had never met before. Emily was one of these 5 girls – isn’t she great?!? This small group has changed my life in so many ways – I could probably write a book on this one, seriously. But, I want to share with you just one of the MANY ways this small group has been one of the key pieces in my life, uninterrupted.
I am sure most of you have heard the phrase “life, interrupted.” This was one of the first phrases that filled my mind when I began to feel God’s call to missions. I love those moments, when you just know. I have to admit, I have had a lot of these “I just know” moments and many of them have not gone without questions. With each of these moments, I found myself constantly wondering, questioning God. “But God, how can I go, how can I leave work, how can I afford this – how can I drop everything and interrupt my life?”
It has taken a lot of back and forth with God, small group meetings, prayers and support but I have finally figured out – this is not my life to interrupt. My life is God’s – not mine. Where He goes, I will go.
About two months ago, I decided it was time to set aside the life that I thought was mine, and finally let God have control.
This October, I will be traveling on a ten day mission trip to Kolkata, India. While in Kolkata, we will be partnering with One Life International and traveling to slum communities to act against poverty.
I cannot wait to see how God works within the Kolkata communities and myself. I would love for each of you to be a part of this mission and there are so many ways that you can. Whether it be through encouragement, prayers, sporting a cute T-shirt, or financials. However you decide, I am eternally grateful.
I also want to encourage each of you: Be willing to stop, look and listen, and be interrupted for God.
Thank you so much for reading! Below are the links to my giving & T-shirt sites as well as the site to One Life International.
**T-SHIRT ORDERS WILL STOP END OF JUNE, FYI! (If you ordered a t-shirt, it will be shipped out end of July-early August)