As most of you know I traveled to Zambia for 3 weeks in the summer of 2013 to work with a ministry called Every Orphan's Hope. In Zambia, we were able to serve the local village and put on a vacation bible school for over 200 orphans froms all over the country. Not only did we get to serve these people, we got to tell them about my favorite person, Jesus. Watching Holy Spirit work in the ways he did on this trip, from healings to demonic deliverance, I knew that I didn't want to do anything else with my life but be on the mission field.
So that brings us to now.
Currently I am at the Louisiana State University studying nutritional sciences with a pre-medical concentration. I have always loved the study of medicine and plan to bring this greatly needed trade to the mission field as a medical missionary. As tempting as it was to leave and go to a mission school right out of high school, I heard the Lord say to pursue my passion in medicine (Even had a prophetic word from someone I met for the first time confirming what the Lord had spoken to me).
On the subject of prophetic words, this summer I had the chance to receive a prophectic word from Pastor Jim Lafoon and in this prophecy the Lord confirmed my desire to go to a mission school that I have been wanting to attend since I heard the stories from my good friends Matt and Ashlynn who attended the school in 2010 and even more when my friend Mallory went in April 2014.
Matt and Ashlynn
In the prophetic word he said this, "There's going to be a divine interuption of your college years where I'm going to send you somewhere to intern you. I am really going to use you in the whole area of other countries...there's going to be a very critical internship in the whole non-profit world where I'm going to work on you." This was total confirmation for me.
So this summer the Lord has opened up the door for me to travel to Pemba, Mozambique to train at Rolland and Heidi Baker's Harvest School of Missions. This is a 10 week school from June 1st to August 4th where we will learn how to cultivate revival and all about the Father heart of Jesus (my favorite)! You can learn all about the school through her website,
Harvest School of Missions
. Heidi and Rolland have a base set up with orphans, schools, clinics and all types of ministries including the international mission school.
One more really exciting aspect about this trip is I'll have the oppurtunity to volunteer in the clinic on the base and do third world country hospital ministry!
Now of course to travel to an international mission school isn't the easiest thing in the world. The spiritual warfare before and during the trip is on a whole new level. The first thing I need is a lot of prayer so please, please, please put me on your prayer lists. Pray for the school and the outreaches specifically. Africa is a very different place when it comes to spiritual warfare and the more prayer the easier for our side to work. So PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!
The second thing is of course finances. The Lord has confirmed so much about this trip to me already so I know the money will come in but I also know the Lord uses people like you to fund these endeavors for the kingdom.
Here is the trip breakdown
✅ $200 Application fee- due March 1
✅ $145-Passport renewal- due ASAP
✅~$2000 airfare- due ASAP
✅$3000 tuition - due April 25, 2015
~$2000-misc. in country expenses and pre-departure expenses (this includes water and other groceries at the local market while in Mozamabique, this also includes things like medications, vaccinations, and some other supplies before departure, also this will cover our layover in Johannesburg)
Donating Notice: There are 3 ways to donate.
1.) You can conveniently donate through the Gofundme website here
2.) You can send me a check in the mail which I'll deposit in the bank account I set up specifically for this trip.
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3.) Or you can give online in my name through Harvest School (which will go only toward the tuition)
Click here for the link.
If you choose to donate this way make sure you send me an email at
as there are a few things I need to do in order to make sure your payment is credited with my tuition.
Thank you all so much!
On Earth as it is in Heaven!
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