Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Life is Good and so is God

 My first blog entry can only be started by saying a simple, yet true message of thanks.  Jesus calls us to serve, but never to serve alone.  I know I could not be embarking on this journey, nor would have the strength to consider this dream from the beginning, if it weren’t for your support.  The beauty of human connection lies in the diversity of our gifts and talents.  Every person in my life has blessed me with their own form of support, whether spiritual, financial, or emotional.  So really and truly, thank you.  As a small way of saying thanks, it is my goal to capture this journey I am on in words through this blog.  We can walk together in God’s calling to grow in His vast kingdom of Love.

So this is it!  On August 14 I will officially begin my year with Young Adults in Global Mission.  What started as a simple whisper of an idea has turned into a journey far greater than I could have imagined.  For those who may not know, I will be living and serving in London, England.  While living right inside the city, I will be serving with Springboard for Children; a nonprofit organization dedicated in helping underprivileged children excel in reading and writing.

If you’re a visual person like I am, feel free to watch their YouTube clip below! 

I have to admit… when I first heard where I was being placed; I couldn’t help but think of Joey Tribbiani’s voice shouting, “LONDON, BABY!”  But apart from my slight obsession with Friends, this placement is nothing of what I expected and everything of what I needed.  I’ve never felt such a tug from God saying, “Come. Walk this way.  Follow me.  This is where you should be going.” 

It is quite the experience to give up the steering wheel.  Our culture is built upon power and material, but seemingly strips away faith and connection.  Becoming a YAGM has already taught me the importance of trusting the journey; of understanding the difference between service and servanthood; of letting God lead.   

As for now, the final three week countdown has commenced.  I am thankful for the time I’ve had this summer to spend with family and friends; to prepare (if you ever can) for the emotional component of saying so many goodbyes and unknown future hellos.  I pray for all of the 2012-13 YAGM’s returning safely from their year of service and for all of the 2013-14 YAGM’s preparing for their year ahead.     

Life is good and so is God!