As I Journey On…

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The Beautiful Caribbean Water in Haiti-
photo by me 12/12

In the next two months, this journey is moving me forward. It’s been a rough and bumpy road but I’m ready for the next step. God has proven Himself faithful in guiding me and opening the doors to allow me to obey and follow.

I have been given the opportunity to move to Haiti in April to work in an internship role with World Wide Village. I have never looked forward to anything more in my entire life. Though the preparation is somewhat overwhelming, I am so excited for this next piece of the journey! I will have the privilege of working alongside the missions teams that come, helping with the child sponsorship program, and a whole myriad of jobs that will both challenge me and fill my spirit.

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My WWV Booth at the “Free Them” Human Trafficking event 1/25/13

I had a great experience a little over a week ago hosting a booth at an event in Orange County. It was a Human Trafficking event and they
allowed Non-Profits and churches to host tables with information. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to represent WWV (World Wide Village) and try to get children in our schools in Haiti sponsored. I have the information on child sponsorships at the end of my last blog so please check it out.
They had around 1,000 people in attendance and I think at least half of them stopped by my table. People are so shocked to hear the statistics of the education struggles in Haiti and how little it costs us to make a huge impact there. It was encouraging for me to have the chance to talk to people about it and see their interest. I would love to do more events before I leave and try to help as many of these kids as I can.

When I showed these people the pictures on my Power Point presentation of myself with these kids and told them I am going back for a while, their response was always shock. I’m not sure if I don’t look like the “type” to go and live amongst the Haitians, or they are shocked because I am single and young and am going. Everyone was encouraging and even though I was there promoting our child sponsorship program, I did have a couple people ask me how I pay for my own trip to go and live there for 6 months. I explained that since it is an Internship, I am responsible to pay my own way and that I need around $10,000 between now and April in order to make this a reality. One of the ladies that asked me that was very interested in sponsoring one of our little girls named Sophia.  She mentioned that she had a couple other booths to hit up and she’d be back before I left. I was completely packed up and ready to go by the time she made her way back to me, but I waited. She sat next to me and asked me a few questions about this journey and why I am going.  She explained to me that when she first approached my booth, she thought that she was here to sponsor a child, but after walking around she felt God had a different purpose for her there.  This beautiful, complete stranger, wrote me a check for $500 to help with the cost of my internship. I was so stunned and humbled that in that short amount of time speaking with me, she trusted me, listened to God and her heart, and acted in obedience.

If you ever wonder what God is up to in your life, listen.  He will show you and cancel any fears or doubts. I have a lot more fundraising to do, but by this one act of kindness, His faithfulness has proven to be present and relevant in my situation and I know that He is in control.
*If you like to know how to further support me on this trip, please follow this link with details on how…
http://www.facebook.com/events/121600574685824/

-I know I’ve already posted the words to a Jason Upton song once, but I can’t pass this one up.

Poverty– by Jason Upton

There’s a power in poverty that breaks principalities
and brings the authorities down to their knees.

There’s a brewing frustration and ageless temptation
to fight for control by some manipulation.

But the God of the kingdoms and God of the nations
The God of creation sends His revelation

Through the homeless and penniless Jesus the son
the poor will inherit the kingdom to come

Where will we turn when our world falls apart
and all of the treasures we’ve stored in our barns
Can’t buy the kingdom of God?

Who will we praise when we’ve praised all our lives
men who build kingdoms and men who build fame
but heaven does not know their names

What will we fear when all that remains
Is God on His throne, with a child in His arms,
and love in His eyes
And the sound of His heart cries

Here is the link to this song and the whole cd to buy. Very inspiring worship…
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/faith/id498020647

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