Ready and willing….

30 Oct

Blog post by Carly C., Team Ethiopia 2011

My story.

I grew up in a Christian family and went to church regularly until I was in 5th grade. My mom and brothers and I moved after she and my step dad got married and we stopped going to church regularly. For most of middle school and high school I still lived a good moral life but not for the right reasons. I was doing it more as a moral standard and not because I had a close relationship with Jesus. Because of this, the summer before my senior year I was involved in a lifestyle that was not right and I began to hang out with the ‘wrong crowd’.

The start of my senior year of high school, I found out that my best friend and boyfriend at the time had betrayed me in the most hurtful way; I was devastated. Because I was a ‘Christian’ I knew that I would have to forgive them. But I had never been in a situation like that and I thought I could just forgive them when I was ready. I felt that if I forgave them it was the same as saying what they did to me was ok. Being in this situation and not knowing exactly what to do, I called my uncle, who is the strongest Christian I know. I knew he could guide me in the right thing to do.  After my uncle talked and prayed with me and explained what the Bible says about forgiveness, I knew I had to immediately forgive them both for the wrong they had done. That same week, I went to Wednesday night youth group and out of all things the youth pastor could have talked about –forgiveness was the topic. God used that night to speak to me and break me. That night God truly revealed himself to me and from that point forward, I was changed forever.

Not only did God use this devastating situation to reveal himself to me, but through it, he saved one of the friends that had hurt me. We are now great friends and go to church together, fellowship together and worship together. It’s amazing to realize how far God has brought me and others in the last couple of years.

My senior year of high school I was given the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Peru during my Spring Break. That was an incredible and moving experience and it was there where my passion for missions and people truly blossomed and began to grow. I was able to see and experience lives being changed and people being saved. I cannot wait to go to Ethiopia and see God do amazing things there as well. I am so ready and willing for God to use me to spread his glory and name to the people in Ethiopia!

Carly C. will be serving on the Ethiopia Journey 117 Team leaving in December 2011.

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