I Will Follow You

15 Apr

Blog post by Trista H., Team Uganda 2011

I Will Follow

“Where You go, I’ll go.

Where You stay, I’ll stay.

When You move, I’ll move.

I will follow…”  by Chris Tomlin

This song sums up perfectly the reason I am going on this Journey.  God has really laid it on my heart through prayer, church, friends, and family that this is what He wants me to do.

From the time I was young, I have loved working with and interacting with kids.  I had a very clear goal in mind to become a teacher.  I served in the children’s program at church throughout middle and high school; I worked at daycare centers and summer camps.  Eventually I achieved my goal of becoming a teacher.  After a couple of years teaching, I wanted something more.  While I love the kids and families I currently work with, I had a desire to really reach out and connect with hurting children who need someone to love them.  It was around this time that I heard of the organization World Orphans….When I was in high school, I took a trip to Juarez, Mexico.  Our team’s primary goal was to build a house.  I quickly realized, however, that I had more fun hanging out with the kids.  They would help us hammer nails in the walls or run around shooting each other with “water guns” (really, just a water bottle with a whole in the top).  The entire experience was so rewarding with creating a new home for a family, seeing the faith they had despite having very little, and being able to serve in a community very different from my own.  My heart became set on serving in a more kid-centered way.  For years, I had this on my mind, but I wasn’t really sure how to go about searching for an organization or group to go through.  Eventually, I came across one…

For the past five years, I have been attending a wonderful church that really looks at how we can apply God’s truths to our lives today.  They are constantly stressing that Jesus’ heart was set on helping orphans and widows.  With messages that challenge me every week to make a change in my life, I found myself asking “How can I do this?”  I soon realized the answer, or at least a starting point.

As I began seriously considering going on a mission’s trip, I started to see God work in a way I’ve never seen before.  It was almost as if I started arguing with God.  I had so many “what if…” and “what about…” that it was like I was trying to convince myself not to go.  However, God was patient with me and had another idea.  My major hesitation was the cost associated with going on one of these trips.  I felt like I should be saving that money.  In the midst of these thoughts, I listened to a message at church that emphasized the uselessness of having “stuff” and money saved up.  When the tough parts of life hit, the money will not make everything better.  It seemed that this message was directed right at me.  It was with this message that I took a step forward in faith and applied for this Journey.  I felt that with the messages I had been hearing regarding caring for orphans and my money being where my heart is, I had to do something more.  Between the time when I applied and now, God has provided many reassurances that this is the direction He intends for me.  The biggest of these assurances was having a family friend inform me that she and her husband would be covering any trip costs I do not raise.  WOW!  God is so good!

I am so excited to take part in this experience.  I know God will use this opportunity to challenge me mentally, physically, as well as growing my faith.  I’m hoping and praying that God will use me to show people His love and grace.  I feel like God has so strongly pushed me in this direction that I’m anxious to see what He has in store.  God wants us to follow Him and if His aim is to care for the poor and fatherless, I’m in, and I will follow Him on this Journey.

Trista will be serving on the Uganda 2011 Journey 117 team in June . She currently lives in Colorado and attends Flatirons Community Church.

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