As a lot of you know, I've had the desire to pursue global missions for a while, and God has blessed with the ability to go Nicaragua two times now. At one summer camp (LT 2016 I think), I had the chance to speak with a missionary about his work in Nepal and hear him speak about the desperate need for the gospel in Asia. I was hit with the weight of the millions (more like billions) of people going through their entire lives without ever hearing the name of Christ, and the gravity of that reality has never really left. When I started school at Cedarville, I didn't think I would get the chance to go on a longer mission trip, let alone one to Asia. The desire was definitely still alive though, so I kept it in my prayer life. After Christmas break, my roommate and I were talking about what we were going to do this summer and I briefly mentioned the desire to go on a mission trip, but that I didn't think it would work out this year (oh me of little faith). I then decided to go through the gospel of Luke. The goodness and the power of Jesus was so evident. The cost of following him was evident too (read ch. 14:25-35), but I have been convinced it is completely worth it.
After quite a bit of prayer, I've been able to join the e3Leadership Eastern Asia Expedition for this summer! We will be working with church plants and missionaries already in the area on discipleship training as well as community outreach. The trip is July 5-23 (but the dates might possibly change to be the full month of July). We will be visiting a total of seven cities.
I was a little late to joining the team, so fundraising is going to be a little time crunched. I know a lot of you have supported my trips to Nicaragua and I cannot thank you enough for that. Not everyone can give financial support for every trip, but I would ask that you keep this trip in your prayers and that God would work on my heart so it's ready for all he has to teach me this coming summer. If you can help financially, any and all help is welcome. Please don't feel obligated.
I can't wait to see how the Lord works through this!