Study & Intern abroad in Australia


Happiest greetings to you from me (Kelsey) here in Chicago! I sincerely hope that this letter finds you well in the Lord and rejoicing in his faithfulness.

As you may know, I am finishing up my SENIOR year of college here at Trinity (how crazy wild, time flies) and am eagerly anticipating where the Lord is leading me to next. As I finish up my undergrad in Psychology and Special Education, I hope and pray to one day live among and work with the mental health and special needs communities in whatever way that God calls me to. Since living and loving at college God has given me circumstances and experiences that have grown my passion for mental health and special needs desiring to be a thread of hope in the lives of those who feel hopeless.
"Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans." (Proverbs 16:3) 

These past few months as I have been seeking the Lord for obedience in what to do next, He gave me the courage and audacity to apply to study, live, and intern abroad in Brisbane, Australia for 4 months. I had no idea what God was going to do with that application and thought it was a very long shot that I had a chance of being accepted into the program. Fast forward a few months later, out of UTTER surprise I received a letter, email, and a phone call of acceptance into the BestSemester Australia Studies Centre program to be an intern in their Mental Health Community. Glory to our Almighty God! Doors for such an incredible opportunity to love on and serve God’s people in a continent across the world was nothing near what I was expected God to present to me, but what I have come to really understand is that God’s plans are always greater than our own.

I have excitedly and anxiously accepted the call to spend 4 months THIS Spring (February-June of 2019) in Brisbane, Australia attending Christian Heritage College through the BestSemester Program.

This letter is an invitation from me to you to pray and support this incredible journey the Lord has offered ahead for me!

This experience however, does not come cost free. The biggest hurdles for me, to make this experience possible, would be the cost along with surrendering my anxieties and comfortability of “home” to the complete unknown that may be very uncomfortable. The cost of the program, travel, and for me to live there totals in at nearly $14,000. Now that is a very large number but don’t let that scare you because the Lord has moved in my heart in a way that it doesn’t scare me! Instead I will "trust with all of my heart and lean not on my own understanding; in all of my ways submit to him, and I know he will make my paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6) 

If you feel called to support me on this journey through a donation of money you may donate on this go-fund me page, or send the money to my parents home: 
403 Littleton Trail. Elgin, IL 60120

I LOVE receiving words of encouragement and FIRMLY, whole-heartedly believe in the power of prayer. If you feel called to give in that way, my heart would be more than happy  to receive that :) 

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:12-14

“We are each singular threads in the world. We all get to decide what we will tie our lives to. If I tie by resources, my time, my Esther-power, only to the thin thread of my own life—my life’s a hopelessly knotted mess.” Ann Voskamp


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