**Currently in the Jungle of Burma.. for safety reasons- I’ll update everyone once I’m out. Please keep me in prayer. if you’re not on my prayer list and want to be- just let me know.
In April of 2007 I walked through the doors of Adventures in Missions. I never thought it would lead to where I am today. 5 ½ years later my time of being on full time staff has come to a close. 3 weeks ago I flew to Malaysia to help debrief “F” squad. It was my last debrief so it was bitter sweet. It’s such a challenge to describe what’s it’s like to be a part of something like the Worldrace, let alone what it’s like to walk out the closing moments of 5 ½ years. I want to tell you about the people, the stories, what it’s like to fight for something or someone, what I’ve learned from God these past five years.. but I can’t! Maybe that’s the true gift; experiences beyond explanation- only lived. The final moments were a true gift, almost as if God put them together just for me. Intimate and subtle…and I feel like He gave me eyes to see them.
It began the first night when the squad gathered to worship! If you know “us” we love to worship the Lord! However, on this night, I was struck by the sound…a familiar sound! It’s hard to explain why… but something struck a cord deep within me. It was unexpected and pierced me to my core. I began to weep…uncontrollably…and I wasn’t even emotional! As this continued I felt this emotion swell within me, along with memories from all over the world that I thought I had forgotten. I was trying to worship like the people around me, but finally I stopped trying, and I just sat, reclined, and received. I couldn’t stop crying, I couldn’t stop feeling God’s love! And this presence, this familiar voice spoke to me yet again as it did on that day when I fist encountered Him! “I am with my people-and I am with you.” So simple, so powerful!
It’s such a freeing feeling to know GOD does NOT need me, nor does Adventures in Missions! That He is going to continue to have His way and meet His people who are hungry for Him! To see it happen as it once happened to me 5 ½ years ago blessed me! To sit back, do nothing, and watch God encounter His people. The fact that He has allowed me to have had a any part in it all, just rocks me.
Before I even realized this season was coming to and end God had already begun the next. As I move forward I truly feel rich! Rich in experiences. Experiences marked with brokenness and joy! Rich with friends, people i’ve fought for, who have fought for me, people I’ve cried with been angry with….people who are like family- that I’ve been all over the world with; people who have loved me into who I am now! I’m barley 30 and I’ve been to +30 countries, I actually don’t even know how many i’ve been to anymore, I stopped counting. At this very moment I’m writing this from the deep jungle of Burma! I’ve been able to see the world many times over- and i can’t get enough!
Most importantly my faith, hope, and love have all increased. I’m not saying this because I should!! I mean it, somehow by God’s grace, he has swollen these attributes within me.
I believe it’s wisdom to “know the season you are in individually and the season you are in corporately.” I believe the season of the worldrace is far from over! It seems however, that my season is! I thank God for every moment…and for this new season I’m currently in!
Thank you God.. and thank you whoever you are, for being a part of these past 5 ½ years.
In closing… I end this all with joy…;)) I made this video during one of our days off at debrief… Me and a buddy goofing off. Enjoy and much love!