My time on the field so far has been full of insightful “Revelations” from God these past few days. The Holy Spirit has been working on my heart to give myself 100% to Him. To make to make me willing to go anywhere and give up everything for Him- something I wasn’t necessarily ready to do… But God, through scriptures (such as Hebrews 11:6, and Romans 10:17) which show that God rewards those who diligently seek Him in His Word) stories of faithful missionaries (such as Hudson Taylor and Moody) and testimonies and teachings from faithful men and women, have gotten me to a point where I would go wherever I am directed, knowing that God will reward me with things much greater than I would have to give up. Just as the honey be strives to collect nectar for his queen, so will I strive to serve God in all I do. To God be all the glory and praise! Amen!
The challenges and accomplishments that have happened so far are of lasting impact. I have spent my past two summers with Teen Missions International, yet I find this summer to be too different to compare to past. We live in tents, bathe with buckets, and make daily water runs up and down hills, across a river and through fields just to get water. The challenges may seem overwhelming but II Corinthians 4:16-18 states, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” When I read this scripture and absorb the beauty around me, I cannot help but praise the Lord. I am so blessed to be a missionary and am forever grateful for this trip that has further prepared me for the missionary life God has called me to.
So far, everything about Tanzania has been nothing short of amazing! Working on the Bible School in front of the landscape of miles of cornfields, frosted hills, and Mt. Kilimanjaro soaring above the clouds, is an incredible experience. It was also a lot of fun to meet some of the local girls at church today.
Since being in Tanzania I find myself growing closer to God though challenges and struggles. When we go on our water walks, I struggle to find the strength and perseverance to carry a full 5 gallon bucket up and down hills, over a stream, and through corn fields. Recently I have been reading through the Old Testament in II Samuel, it says, “It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect” I know that God is ready to help me. This trip is definitely developing my character.