Isaiah 6:8 “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
When I was sixteen years old, I came back from my first missions trip with Teen Missions International and I told everyone that I wanted to become a missionary. Many told me it was a phase or something I could do when I was older and retired. Well, here I am five years later – I’ve been on eight mission trips, I’ve traveled to and through thirteen countries, I’ve gone to BMW (BIBLE, MISSIONARY & WORK Training Center), and I am now a full-time missionary with Teen Missions International.
I finished my schooling at BMW in August of 2010 after completing my one-year internship in Malawi and then leading a team to Ecuador. I was home in New Jersey from August to November to raise support to join Teen Missions since I wouldn’t have a salary as a staff member. I spent a lot of my time working at my old high school job, the Holland American Bakery, and raising support and awareness for Teen Missions by visiting local churches and youth groups to talk about Teen Missions. I also spent an entire month on the road with my brother traveling to 48 states and visiting family and friends to tell them about Teen Missions. I was very blessed by my time at home. I saw God’s provision in so many ways and I enjoyed the fellowship I had with my brothers and sisters in Christ. I remember when I was younger and I would hear stories from other missionaries about how God provided for them physically, financially, and emotionally. I would think to myself, “Wow, that is so amazing how God provides for them. I wonder if God would provide for me like that when I become a missionary.” Well, He has. And I am confident that God will continue to be my provision.
After my time of deputation (support raising), I drove down to Merritt Island, Florida, to become a full-time staff member with Teen Missions. I officially signed my three-year commitment on November 29, 2010. And I have loved it ever since. I am keeping very busy doing what I love to do. I am working in the kitchen to feed the current BMW students and some of the staff. I plan, shop for, and cook the meals. When I am not busy in the kitchen, I am working in the BMW department of Teen Missions to help run the Bible School. In February, we will be starting a new term and I will be teaching Music class to the students. This class will instruct them in basic music theory and music history; and they will even learn how to play the recorder. I am really looking forward to being a teacher! I live in an apartment on the Teen Missions property so I am available 24/7 if I am needed in the kitchen or by any of the students. I am still unsure about what I will be doing this summer. I will either be leading a team overseas or I will be staying in the states. Whether stateside or overseas, I will be helping for the month of Boot Camp to train the hundreds of teens who will go on summer missions trips.
It is such a blessing for me to be here at Teen Missions. The desire to be a missionary that God gave me 5 years ago is blossoming and I am right where God wants me to be. When I was serving in Malawi during my internship, God put it on my heart to minister to the BMW students and to be an encourager to them. And that’s what I am doing now. It has been somewhat difficult for my first few weeks because many of the students are just getting to know me and because my role does require me to enforce and carry out discipline. But I hope they know that I truly love them and want to see them grow in Christ. These students are learning how to be missionaries and will go on to serve the Most High God, whether with Teen Missions or elsewhere. And I want them to make the most out of their time here. When I was a student, I had a bit of a wild side which caused me to not be overly focused during times of my schooling. But I have grown and learned so much through my experience and I hope to share that with the students. May God be glorified as I continue to serve here and may the students continue to grow, mature, and strengthen their walk with God.
This year has helped me to realize just how blessed I have been by everyone who has been praying for me and supporting me through the years. You all have encouraged me so much and I thank you all for the time and dedication you have poured into my life so I can now pass that on to the lives of these students and the lives of the people overseas when I serve there. May God bless you.
Serving God, Allie Kozlowski
Philippians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”