From Riches to Rags

24 Apr

Blog post by Michelle K., Team Moldova 2011

As I type up this blog, I do so on my own Dell lap top as my Smart Phone lays beside me and my iPod plays the $1.29 song I just bought on iTunes. I am surrounded by luxury. It is normal for me to drive along the roads of Jersey and see BMWs, mansions with fieldstone walls, and grocery stores filled to the brim with fresh produce and clean water. Surely, this must also be normal outside of New Jersey, and even outside of the United States, right? It seems as though David Platt’s “Radical” has been a page-turner for us Journey-117ers, including myself. Platt’s heart-penetrating words revealed that I am, without a doubt, living with my head in the clouds, far away from the world’s actual norm: poverty, homelessness, malnutrition, and disease.

When we put our trust in Jesus as our personal Savior, He promises us a life of eternal comfort in His kingdom. In light of that promise, we should be living an uncomfortable life here on Earth. My first step in becoming uncomfortable was filling out the application for the Moldova mission trip. I had heard about World Orphans through a college organization called Campus Crusade for Christ. A woman came to speak with us about opportunities to go overseas and serve orphans. I was intrigued by her presentation. I knew that I wanted to do something big this summer, something I would not easily be able to do once I graduate college in December of 2011. And plus, the Lord has blessed me with a heart for children. A missions trip that involved working with kids at camp seemed to be the perfect “big thing” for me to do (this will be my first missions trip/first time going overseas). And so, my journey officially started on January 13, 2011.

This Journey, for me, will be an enormous step away from luxuries. Paul says in Philippians 4:12, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” God has indeed blessed me with a plentiful life. But it is about time I learn to live and embrace a life to care for those in need. I do not expect it to be easy. But as Paul continues on in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”

Michelle will be serving on the Moldova 2011 Journey 117 team in June. She currently attends Montclair State University in New Jersey.

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