I felt immediately drawn to the mission the moment they announced it at a Jersey Metro Cru meeting and severely anticipated and looked forward to being discipled and taught. This missions trip taught not only me, but each individual in the team about almost every aspect about faith: community, outreach and evangelism, trust, spiritual warfare, prayer, world vision and so much more. Personally if I could choose one word to describe how God grew me over this mission, I would choose faith.
Being a newer Christian in that I accepted Christ as my Savior 9 months ago in early October, I was eager to learn. I knew that I had and will always have areas in my life that needed growth. However, throughout this trip, I struggled with depending too much on my feelings and emotions. I would instantly doubt if I hadn’t felt the Holy Spirit that day, or the presence of the Lord. However, I have learned and am continually learning to really set my soul, heart and mind to the promises of God and that the Christian walk is walked by faith, and not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7) My faithlessness at times led my eyes to look upon and set my eyes on God’s faithfulness (2 Timothy 2:13; 2 Thessalonians 3:3) and the assurance that He would and will never leave nor forsake me. (Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5-6)
The Lord called me on the outreach team and also graciously appointed me as the leader of the team and our missions statement was to equip and challenge the team to live missionally at work, on the beach, at home, and on campus as a lifestyle.
As the outreach team facilitator, I had the opportunity to work with 3 other students on the team to plan the outreach events on Friday nights, most of which were forecasted in rain. Having to use some of those nights inside to dig deep into different fears and struggles when sharing the Gospel, the team decided as a whole to step out in faith and pray for the forecasts to be clear. As a team, we all submitted to God and faithfully knew that He was going to take away the rain and He graciously did! As a whole, the team managed to initiate around 355 spiritual conversations, around 185 of them of which the Gospel was presented and 7 individuals who prayed to receive Christ as their Savior!
The Lord has provided so abundantly throughout this trip in so many ways. He gave every 18 of us jobs, many working at Dunkin Donuts, with some working other places, including me who worked at a nearby McDonalds. The Lord provided abundantly with funds, fully funding the trip for all of us. There were also so many answers to prayers throughout the trip and I praise and thank the Lord for all that He has done through this trip!
"I have learned and am continually learning to really set my soul, heart and mind to the promises of God and that the Christian walk is walked by faith, and not by sight."