I was listening to a speaker this last week and in just a single line she captivated me. She said, “There is no greater adventure than following Jesus.” Boy, did those words speak to my soul.
Before I go on, I want to clear the air and answer any potential questions or concerns: It is not about Cru. I am not being brainwashed. I am not in a cult. I do not have a lack of balance. I am safe.
In November I will be traveling with four other people to East Asia on a Vision Trip through Cru. We currently have a team of 11 people living there for an entire year. One of the reasons we’re taking this trip is to encourage them, as each one of them knows just 10 other people who fluently speak English. I pray that our visit will be a light and refreshing time for them.
On a personal level, there are many reasons I have decided to GO. Over the course of this semester, I have been expressing my discontentment and confusion with my good friend and mentor, Kenna. I’ve prayed continually about these wary feelings and sought wise council. About two weeks ago, during a conversation I was having with Kenna about all of this, she challenged me to consider going on the Vision Trip to East Asia. To be honest, I only agreed to consider it because I’m really bad at saying no. I knew I only had a week to commit and there were so many logistics that had to be dealt with that my planning, task oriented brain was in a frenzy.
Just a few days later, I was in the shower (only the best place to ponder life) tossing the idea of going back and forth. One minute I thought I’d go because x, y, and z. The next minute I wasn’t going to go because x, y, and z. But after thinking a little longer, I realized that all the reasons I wasn’t going to go were excuses. That I really didn’t have a solid reason not to go.
And so I committed. I believe that escaping the demands of every day life will provide me the opportunity to tap further into my relationship with the Lord and bring clarity into what He may be calling me to. Since returning from my trip to Milwaukee (which was incredible, read about it here.) my heart has been filled with an overwhelming love and passion for the world and desire to bring the good news of the Gospel everywhere. I have the privilege of leading weekly outreaches on campus, but what a better way to satisfy the stirring in my heart than traveling across the world to share about the undeniable hope that I have?! I’m so so excited to see the ways the Lord will use me as an instrument in His grand plan, as well as the things He will teach me.
As I mentioned above, the trip will include being on campus meeting students and doing some sightseeing. The first day or two will be filled with traveling (16+ hour plane ride!), meeting the team already over there, and getting briefed on how things work. The next three to four days we will be on campus, forming relationships with interested students and hopefully sharing the gospel with them. The people we meet will not go forgotten after our team of five leaves, but instead the long term team will get to follow up with them! At night we will get to explore the city, try new foods, and experience more of the culture. The last day or two will be spent doing touristy things before we have to pack up and head home.
I want to expand on my PSA from above before I finish writing. From the outside it may appear that Cru is taking over my life. It may seem that I’m not focusing on school or that I have a lack of balance in my life. If I step out of my shoes and look at my life as an onlooker I could see why those thoughts may arise. But I want to tell you that there is so much more to all of this than those ill-informed ideas.
I’ve chosen and have been called to do the things I do, not because of Cru, but because I wholeheartedly believe in Jesus and the plan He has for my life. Jeremiah 29:11-13 says,
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
I am fortunate to have gotten involved in Cru, a global Christian ministry that seeks to share the love and truth of Jesus Christ with others, because without it I would not have the same opportunities that I do now. To travel the world. To meet authentic friends who deeply care for me. To find true meaning and purpose in my life. Matthew 5:11-12 says,
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
I understand that my life and the events that make it what it is may not make sense to some or seem like a good idea to others. I understand that I will be made fun of, laughed at, questioned, and shamed because I live my life for Jesus. In fact, later in Matthew it says,
“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”
But, I do not fear. I have an overwhelming confidence and security in where I am, who I am, and the things I’ve been called to do.
After reading about the Vision Trip I’m going on and the heart behind it all, would you consider joining my support team? Would you join me in praying for our preparation, smooth traveling, safety, hearts to be transformed, opportunities to share the Gospel and see students come to Christ. Would you pray for the team that’s already over there?
Thank you so much for taking the time to read about where my heart lies and the ways God is working in my life!
Last, but certainly not least, I want to extend a HUGE thank you to you, Kenna. Thank you for supporting me, comforting me, loving me, caring for me, challenging me, teaching me, being a light in my life, and always pointing me to the Lord. You have an incredible heart and I’m blessed to call you friend. This trip would not be possible if it weren’t for you. So, thank you a million. I cannot wait to adventure across the world with you!!!