While in Thailand, God allowed me to learn more about trusting Him. My group taught English classes which also incorporated the gospel into it. I had never witnessed to a Buddhist before, and was unsure of how to do so outside of class without the material. I prayed and read my bible more faithfully there than at home asking to learn how, but I felt as though I wasn't getting through. As it happened, I ended up unexpectedly talking to a Buddhist who told me about Buddhism, and at that point God revealed how I should go about talking to her. As a result, I was able to use the same pattern of that conversation to talk to others all throughout the summer.
I spent my summer in San Francisco, CA serving alongside a local church plant. I helped lead their Bible studies engaging new believers and meeting the prayer needs of those in the community as well as helping their media team. At some points in the month, I was able to help other missionary teams with their ministry as well. Aside from the church's ministries, I was able to get plugged into a local homeless ministry where I helped serve food and make connections with the homeless. God taught me a lot about learning to keep my trust in Him this summer. Through the craziness that is San Francisco, He was my rock and my strength. Even on the days that were harder than most, He gave me a reason to smile. This summer pushed me to rely on Him more than I ever have and I am thankful for that.
I spent my summer in East Asia. I worked with college students and my teammates and I utilized our time there by sharing meals, "snacks", and a great deal of time with East Asian friends. During each of those meetings we remained intentional about making the gospel our topic of conversation. While we did face some adversity and struggled with the language barrier, God's power was made so evident among our conversations. This summer, the Lord reminded me that my purpose for living on this earth is to bring Him glory in everything. No matter what high or low I am in in life, He has a purpose, He is there, He is constant, and He is always pouring out love, peace, and comfort on His children. God's provision and the life-changing power of the gospel were undeniably present in my life this summer and I am beyond grateful that God allowed me to be a part of His work!
This summer, I served in Portland, Maine and the surrounding areas working with college and young adults through campus outreach, events (such as game nights, hikes, camping), and service projects. Maine is the most unreached state in the US with less than 3% Christian, but God is still moving throughout the hearts of the lost people. God really showed me what true service is and how to meet people where they are, regardless of their personal beliefs. It was easy to get discouraged because there are still so many barriers holding Mainers back from the Gospel. However, everyone is searching for fulfillment and purpose that only Christ can fill. Be in prayer for Maine and the believers that are continually moving the rocks from the fields.
We worked in Southeast Asia this summer. Our main job was trying to find believers who would be bold in fulfilling the Great Commission and want to partner with churches in our area in ministry. We mainly stayed in two cities but we're also able to go with local churches into the villages. God opened the door for us to teach English classes, preach in local churches, and fellowship with local believers. He showed our team His perfect timing and introduced us to fellow brothers and sisters around the world who want to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with their neighbors. It was a blessing to see Jesus worshiped not just by Americans but instead as the salvation of people from different nations and languages.
I served in Edmond, Oklahoma at the Boys Ranch Town which is a part of the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children. I was serving with another student from Mississippi delta community college and we went there expecting to just work the whole time, but when we first got there we were told that we would have to be flexible the whole time because there was no way for them to tell us the plans for the whole summer in advance. This whole summer God taught me to be patient and to be flexible in our opinion for the summer. We also were able to spend time with the boys and get to know them better and see 4 give their life to Christ and 3 of them get baptized while we were there. When we spent time with them we were swimming and working together.
I spent two months in Southeast Asia [Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia] in a major global city, with a primary mission of evangelism, focused mainly towards the Muslim majority group , but also to any others we met in the city. In addition, we also made a goal to encourage local Christians to share the Gospel with others, especially the Muslim group in our area, which the local church often overlooks in evangelism practices. A large part of what God taught me overseas was to actively pray for and seek opportunities to share the Gospel, and He will be faithful and provide. As well, God pushed me to share the Gospel often, especially on first meetings, and to share with all, even those who I wrongly believed would be inhospitable. Also, God showed that He is able to use all to glorify Himself, such as when we were able to build relationships and eventually share the Gospel at such events as Muslim celebrations.
I went to East Asia this past summer to hang out with college students and tell them the gospel! It was an amazing experience that showed me what it looked like to truly "live on mission". The biggest thing God showed me was how not focused I was on eternal things. He showed me how much I cared about grades and being involved at the BSU and church when I should care more about furthering His kingdom. In EA, I woke up everyday knowing that my purpose there was to go out and tell my friends about their savior, Jesus. I realized "this needs to be how I live in the states as well!" But so often in the US I would let things that are not eternal distract me from the real work that needs to be done. After learning this lesson, I am so excited to continue my life in America with an eternal perspective! Please pray with me that we as students would all have a mind set on eternity rather than things that will fade away.
This summer, I went to the mountains of northern Thailand in a city called Phrae. I was on a team of six and our job there was to meet people, make friends, and share the Good News with all who would give us an ear to listen. We made many life-long best friends whom we were able to share the gospel with and love on for two months. This summer, God taught me the joy of simply watching Him work. An older lady we met and shared with once the first week of the summer accepted Christ our last week there. We practically forgot about her as we started making friends with people our own age, BUT God doesn’t forget! He pursues His children fervently, even when we forget to; and yet He still let us see her accept Him before we left! We read Genesis 1 the day she was saved and she said in Thai, “I love water spinach, and now I know the one who made it.” It was so simple and beautiful. God is so faithful!
This summer I spent two months in Southern Thailand working with Thai Muslims and Buddhists. Our primary ministry was to teach English and build relationships with the locals. God provided so many opportunities to declare his name among the people of Satun, and he constantly showcased how he is drawing all people groups to himself. I feel so grateful that even though he does not need me, he chooses to use me to bring Glory to himself. It was such a special time to do work for the Kingdom.