God of the world. God of my life.

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I’ve decided to write one final blog post about my trip. I loved being able to share stories of what God was doing in each country that we served in. I learned and experienced so much during those two months, and honestly I am still trying to process the whole thing.

Anyone who was with me the first few days I was home can attest to this, but I was in such a weird funk. I had no idea what to do with myself and how to jump back into my life. I was overwhelmed. I have realized though that it is impossible for me to just jump back into my life, the life that I had before Global Journey, because my life has been changed. The Lord has changed my heart and my life. There are SO many things that the Lord showed me this summer that will forever alter my daily life, and I am so thankful for that.

He taught me that He is everywhere and everything is His. He knows every language, He loves every person, He created everything. It’s beautiful and he deserves so much praise for that. He taught me that prayer is incredibly powerful, that spiritual warfare is real, and that I need the Holy Spirit to lead every move I make. I learned that there is a difference between a committed and a surrendered life, and I need to be more surrendered. He showed me that church is good and beautiful. I learned how important a community of believers is and how important it is for that community to love and serve each other and the non-believers that surround them. I was reminded and shown how incredibly blessed I am. God has given me so much, and I need to not take that for granted, but instead use the blessings I’ve been given to bless others. I witnessed how God truly loves the least of these, how no matter how much or how little you have, all you really need is Jesus, and how true joy can only come from Him.

I have realized how vital it is for me to not separate secular and spiritual. I plan on having a job in the hospitality industry, but all that means is that my ministry is the hospitality industry. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I need to glorify and proclaim His great name in every aspect of my life. No matter where I go, what job I have, my ultimate goal needs to be to further His kingdom.

I think that it is going to take a while for me to fully digest everything and alter the things in my life to line up with what God’s plan is for my life. When I think of Global Journey and this past summer, I will think of the greatest summer of my life. I will think of all of the beautiful people I met and amazing places I went. I will think of all of the things that the Lord taught me. Most importantly I will always think of how God is a God of the entire world and how grateful I am that the Lord gave me to opportunity to see a glimpse of that.

I found a quote on the fabulous Pinterest that I really like. “I beg young people to travel. If you don’t have a passport, get one. take a summer, get a backpack and go to Delhi, go to Saigon, go to Bangkok, go to Kenya. Have your mind blown, eat interesting food, dig some interesting people, have an adventure, be careful. Come back and you’re going to see your country differently, you’re going to see your president differently, no matter who it is. Music, culture, food, water. Your showers will become shorter…and that for some people, their day consists of walking 12 miles for four buckets of water. And there are lessons that you can’t get out of a book that are waiting for you at the other end of that flight. A lot of people – Americans and Europeans – come back and go, “ohhhhh”. And that lightbulb goes on.” Henry Rollins

Anyone that asks me if they should go on Global Journey or any international mission trip, I will answer yes. Definitely yes. Thank you for venturing with me. God is so incredibly good.

“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalms 46:10

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Heart to Honduras

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We have just left our final country. CRAZY. I honestly can’t believe how quickly this trip has flown by. I am exhausted but so full of the Lord and His goodness.

Our fifth and final country was Honduras. We went into this stop knowing absolutely nothing but that we were going. We didn’t know where we were going, who we were working with, or what we were doing. Due to some changing of plans, we were organized last minute to work with a ministry called Heart to Honduras, and it was so great. The Lord is never surprised and He knew from the beginning that we would be working with them. So we just trusted and went with the flow.

Honduras is beautiful. We had to drive around a lot in the back of a truck, and it was like driving through the jungle with mountains. Heart to Honduras has a discipleship program were they teach people about ministry and grow them up in the Lord. After two years, they return to their villages to start churches. Those churches then help the community they are a part of in any way they can. They help them rebuild or fix their homes, they take care of the children and put them through school, and they just love and serve them well. It was so exciting to see the church in Honduras working in that way.

We met some really incredible people there. Our driver Leo was such a joy to be around all week. He drove us, translated for us, and worked with us. I loved hearing his story and his love for the Lord and his community. Pastor Freddy at one of the churches we worked at was also incredible. He was so filled with the joy of the Lord, and he loved serving us. He was so proud of his church and his community, and he was so interested and invested in our lives and our trip.

We were all pretty tired in this country. Tired in almost every way you can be, but the Lord is strong and gave us strength. We did mostly manual labor in Honduras-we painted a church, moved a giant mound of dirt, mixed concrete, and tilled a field for a vegetable garden. It was hard work, but I constantly reminded myself that I work for the Lord and not for men, and the Lord is strong.

My mom gave me 8 envelopes for my trip, one for every week, that were filled with scripture. One of them for my week in Honduras was 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, and it says:

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecution, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Can’t wait to share more stories with y’all! See you soon!

God of this City

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We are now in Nice/St. Paul France. It is absolutely beautiful here! Definitely the most beautiful place that I have ever been. It’s also one of the most spiritually dead and lost places I’ve ever been to. It is hard for me to fathom how people live in and see such beauty around them yet have no sense of who God is. These people need Jesus, and I have loved getting to know the missionaries here who are trying to share the gospel with this city.

We have been working with the International Baptist Church. There is one in St. Paul and one in Nice. The pastor and most of the missionaries are from Denton and have been here for a few years. The pastor, his wife, and his 5 kids were such a joy for us to be around. They and the rest of the missionaries have been such servants to us.

The first day we were here we went on a prayer walk around St. Paul. It was such a sweet yet heartbreaking time of prayer for all of us. It was amazing to see the hearts that these missionaries have for the people here though. I loved talking to this French woman who was helping named Christine. She has such a passion for her country and such a desire to see the people here come to know Christ.

The past couple of days we have been helping decorate the church in St. Paul for a children’s bilingual camp they are having next week. It’s pretty much like VBS and is one of the church’s largest outreach events. They will have about 45 kids and their prayer is that those kids will come to know the Lord and will also share with their parents and families. You can all be praying that it goes well.

You can also be praying for the missionaries here. This is a very difficult place to be. They are in the enemies camp, surrounded by non-believers. They need protection and strength and encouragement. You can also be praying for the softening of hearts among the French people.

I have really enjoyed our time here. We have had such incredible food and it has made me so excited to someday go to culinary school and learn how to make it all. It has also further shown me that I have a heart for cities, and I as of now I really believe that the Lord wants me to be living in a big city. They have so much to offer yet they are filled with so much emptiness and suffering. We’ll see where the Lord leads me!

I can’t believe that we only have one stop left! I’m excited to serve in Honduras, and you can all be praying the me and my team serve well and finish strong.

I’ll leave y’all with the lyrics from the song that has been on my mind while in France. It’s God of this City by Chris Tomlin.

“You’re the God of this city
You’re the king of these people
You’re the Lord of this nation
You are

You’re the light in the darkness
You’re the hope to the hopeless
You’re the peace to the restless
You are

There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this city
Greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done here”

Psalms 47

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I absolutely loved this stop!

We have been in Gulu, Uganda working with the Zion Project, and it has been wonderful. The weather is perfect, it’s so green and gorgeous, and the people are amazing.

The Zion Project is a ministry that helps restore the lives of women who have been in sex trafficking and girls who were in unstable and dangerous homes. They counsel the women and teach them how to make jewelry which they sell in order to make a salary that will keep them from having to return to their previous lifestyle. There is a home that 17 girls between the ages of 7 and 15 live. The gospel and love of Jesus Christ is shared with all. They are such a joy, and it was such a joy for us to get to know them.

It is heartbreaking to know even the small bits and pieces of the women and girls’ stories that I do, but they have been such a challenge and inspiration to me and my faith because of theirs. They find so much comfort and joy in the Lord.

Most of the women can’t speak English, so while we helped them make jewelry we were able to fellowship as a team. It was such a great opportunity to learn more about the hearts and lives of my teammates. They have truly been a blessing to my life.

On Saturday we spent the entire day with the girls doing devotionals and games. I think my favorite part was when we told them the story of Jesus washing his disciples feet and then we washed all of their feet and painted their nails. They loved it and it was so special for us to get to serve them in that way.

On Sunday we went to church with the girls and some of the women, and I think it was one of my favorite moments of the trip so far. I have struggled a lot with resentment and anger toward church for many reasons, but the Lord is really showing me that I need to let go of that and learn to love and serve His church. Well this church was definitely His. The service was 3 hours long but those people were so excited to be there for the whole thing. It was such a beautiful thing to see them worship our King in song and dance. They even had a conga line going. It was seriously awesome. I wish I could attend a church with that much passion and surrender to the Lord.

On Tuesday we went on a safari cruise, and it was absolutely beautiful. God is beautiful and makes beautiful things. His creation just screams of the greatness of its creator. It was a wonderful time of awe and fellowship.

Something else the Lord has really been teaching me on this trip is that He wants to use my love of the culinary and hospitality industry to glorify His name. That shouldn’t just be my career path, it should be my ministry. I and a lot of people need to stop separating secular and spiritual professions and bring the spiritual into all professions.

I think I loved this stop and ministry so much because my heart has always been so broken for girls who have been stuck in sex slavery. It is a serious issue even in the US, and the Lord has really broken my heart for that sin and their struggle. I would love to use my love of cooking and the connections I will get from working in the hospitality industry to help those women get back on their feet and make a life for themselves. I have no idea what any of this will look like, but I do know that I want to use what I love to help others and to share Christ’s love. I know that the Lord has big plans for how He is going to use me in that industry.

We are now on our way to France, and I’m excited to see what the Lord has in store for our 4th stop. I still can’t believe that I only have a few weeks left of this trip!

Here’s some pictures from Uganda!

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Joy.

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We are now in Uganda but before I share about the ministry here I want to share about the rest of our time at the orphanage in India. I have a lot of random stories and thoughts but the main thing I got from India is that God gives joy and gives it in abundance and those kids have it and have it more than I have ever seen.

I’ll start by explaining the conditions in India. It is hot. Not just Texas hot but 115 hot. With dirt. And trash. And horrible smells. I won’t lie, I struggled with those conditions but I’m not telling you this so you will feel sorry for me or my team but so you can understand that these kids live in this everyday and yet never complain and are filled with the joy of the Lord.

Some of my favorite moments with the kids were when we were able to take them to Pizza Hut for lunch one day and when we took the to the theme park Adventure Island. They kids were SO excited about both and so grateful. My favorite memory from adventure island was when we took some of the kids into the water part where there was a giant tub of water that filled up and then poured out on everyone. I have never seen someone so excited to get water dumped on them and they wanted nothing more than for me to be there with them getting soaked. They all just had such giant smiles on their faces.

I loved worshiping with the kids during the 3 prayer times each day. I loved going to church with them. I loved hearing them laugh. I loved watching them play games and color pictures. And I especially loved hearing them shout Jesus Loves Me (that was their favorite song). My heart melted when we returned from seeing the taj mahal and Simon one of the older boys told us he had been waiting all day for us to return. It melted again when they wrote us cards telling us they were praying for us and praying that we would come back again.

These kids know how to love unconditionally and they know how to serve without being asked and without expecting anything in return. These kids get it. They have incredible faith and devotion to the Lord and to His people. They are dedicated, intelligent, funny, and caring. Some have dreams of being pilots and engineers, and some when they turn 18 will go to the Bible college and then take a martyrs oath to share the gospel with the people of India knowing full well that they can and most likely will be persecuted. These kids are going to change the country of India and win its people for Christ Jesus.

The Lord showed me how to have compassion and that even though this country seems dirty and hard that He loves those people and so should I. He showed me what it means to have joy in all circumstances and that I need to work on that. He showed me that He is good; that He is everything good in me and good in this world and He wants to share that goodness with us.

Here’s some pictures of the beautiful children:

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Now a story from the taj mahal:
Steven, our team leader Sarah’s boyfriend, came to India to work at the orphanage with us. While we were at the taj HE PROPOSED! Introducing the future Mr. And Mrs. Posey

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Can’t wait to share stories from Uganda! I’m already loving it here. Feel free to research the ministry we are working with. It’s called the Zion Project, and the work they are doing is incredible.

God’s beautiful children

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We have safely arrived in India. It is our second full day here, and it has already been an experience to say the least.

There are about 50 kids in the orphanege we are working at, and they are such a joy. They are so happy that we are here. They call us “auntie” and “uncle” and are always willing and wanting to play any game and just simply sit with you or hold your hand. They have prayer 3 times each day the first one being at 5:30am and it is just beautiful to watch them worship together and pray together. God and those children are the only reason we are all getting through the day. They have such joy in the Lord despite their circumstances, and that is very convicting and challenging to see. I know that I do not always have joy in all situations including being here in the 111 degree weather with abolutely no relief. Even though we are in a constant state of sweat, covered in dirt, we can have joy like these beautiful children because of the Lord.

“Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks to the Lord in all circumstaces; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

Special prayer request: please pray for a little boy here named Segrive. He has TB and is having surgery tonight to remove 3 sores on his body. Please pray for his healing and for comfort and peace as he goes into surgery. Please pray for the doctors that they will have steady and soothing hands to be the tools of God’s healing.

Please also pray for all of the kids here that they will feel the love of the Lord and that they will grow and mature in there faith. Pray that the Lord uses them to bring the people of India to Christ. Please pray for our team that we will all have strength, energy, good health, and joy to spend every day loving these kids. Pray that we will be filled with God’s love so that we can pour it out into God’s children here.

my next post will hopefully have pictures so you can all see how wonderful these children are!

 

mind the gap

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We are in the airport leaving for India so I decided to share some Hong Kong stories.

Over the weekend we got some time off and spent some time together as a team. We went to The Peak on Hong Kong island to overlook the city which was awesome. It’s really beautiful there.

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Then we went back down to watch a light show. I liked it because I love downtowns at nighttime.

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Sunday we went to church with two of the missionaries here and then they took us to eat an authentic Chinese lunch (which they later told us was the worst Chinese food they had ever had here). It was interesting..the boys tried chicken feet (gross!) That afternoon we went on a hike to a really beautiful waterfall.

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Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday we were back to work. We did 8 runs those 3 days. This whole week I have been partnered with my teammate Dana and that has truly been a blessing. I have loved getting to spend so much time with her (we also shared a bed :)) we had a lot of fun the last day with our team leader Sarah who did our runs with us; she called us her special team.

Praise the Lord the Bibles I was carrying made it through all 13 runs throughout our time in Hong Kong. I know that is only because of the grace, will, protection, and strength of the Lord.

In all our team carried 20,950 Bibles weighing a total of 6.5 tons in the 5 days that we worked there. All because of God and all for God’s people.

It has been so wonderful to get to know my teammates and their hearts and to get to see the lives and hearts of the missionaries working in Hong Kong.
I can’t believe 1/5 of the trip is already over, but I’m excited for India. I’m excited to get to know my team even better, to play with incredible kids all day, and to see what the Lord has planned for this next leg. Stay tuned!

PS here’s a picture of my knee. It looks way worse than it feels. I fell in the gap between the subway and the platform and almost lost my skirt (could I be any clumsier?!)

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