*This post is pretty personal, a reflection on the life changing 2 week mission trip I was blessed to go on this summer. I started writing it the night before I boarded the plane back for America, so I was quite emotional at the time. Hope you enjoy, and I’m sure many of you can find ways in which you relate to. I’ll keep it pretty brief, but if you want to hear more about this trip, feel free to shoot me and email, or contact me via my Facebook or instagram, I’d be happy to tell you all about it.*
2 weeks is not enough. I cannot just leave, there is so much more to be done. I know God brought me here for a reason, and I can feel him calling me, telling me my work here is not done. He has more for me here in the U.K. 2 weeks is not enough for what he has planned.
I’ve been here in northern England for 2 weeks, staying with the loveliest, most welcoming couple who’ve treated me so much like family in the short time I’ve known them. We’ve been working with some fantastic local churches, amazing people & speaking with school children about life in Texas, the United States, and what we believe in. For those of you who don’t know, the vast majority of the country is secular, unlike America, so it was a very new experience for us, coming from the Bible Belt of Texas. This made this particular trip so different from my previous mission trips, which were more based on helping with the construction, evangelism and church camps within communities- this one was based around helping to grow the Christian faith by being open and encouraging, and trying to portray church and Christianity in a way that appeals to the younger people. We experienced so much, but 2 weeks was not enough. And that’s just it- 2 weeks is not enough. God called us as Christians to be continuously setting an example and sharing his love- we can’t go on a trip for two weeks and then think we’ve done what’s required of us. It should be a constant thing, and believe me, I KNOW it’s difficult. But who said being a Christian was easy?
As some of you know, I had the opportunity to go to Northern England wth my University to learn about the culture, develop relationships with the people, and share God’s love with them. I want to thank everyone who contributed to my fundraisers so that I was able to go, I cannot even explain how thankful I am because this trip changed my life.
This trip was so relational, personal & emotional, and I had my world absolutely rocked by God. I did nothing extraordinary, but God used these people and this challenging experience to spark something & change my heart in ways I didn’t know were possible. I feel as though I’ve matured and grown so much spiritually because of it, but I was honestly depressed for about a month after I got home, because my heart absolutely broke for that beautiful country. I didn’t want to come back to America, where I’m comfortable & surrounded by people who share similar beliefs that I didn’t think I could make a difference with. This really opened my eyes to what a secular society looks like, and made me feel bolder with my faith. I don’t want America to become secular, a wonderful lady I met even said to me with tearful eyes, “please don’t let this happen in your country. Keep going to church and encouraging your young friends to have a relationship with God,” and it really struck a chord with me. I feel so motivated and more culturally aware, and also like I do have the ability to make a change. We are told to be the salt & light of this earth, we are told to go and tell others of the gospel’s good news, we are told to be examples to all believers, and that is what I strive to be. It will not be easy, but nothing worth having is. Also, nothing is impossible and through God, I have the strength to step out of my comfort zone and do what he instructs me to do. I pray that I follow through, and I kindly ask that you pray for me too, as well as the people of England & America, and the whole world. The whole world needs Jesus.
Since returning home, I have wanted to go right back to England to continue sharing my faith and planting seeds, in hope that one day we will see them blossom into something beautiful, a new addition to the kingdom of God. I wanted to witness what God was doing & help in any way I can, and I still do. 2 weeks is not enough for any human to change a large amount of lives, or to convince people to start a relationship with Christ, but God is capable of everything and has perfect timing. You would not believe some of the experiences we had and the positive things we saw slowly occurring, and I wish and pray that they continue happening, these people deserve it. They need it. I pray they can understand how loved they are by our creator, that they know there is always hope, that they are heard, they are never alone & that the best is yet to come. I don’t know what exactly my future may hold, but I do know that God brought me to England & gave me this experience for a reason, and that his plan is still unfolding. I definitely feel called to go back & spend more time in the community I was blessed to visit, it’s so special.
He has more for me to experience, because 2 weeks of spreading the gospel isn’t enough for a lifetime, but it IS enough for me to know that I can’t sit back and do nothing when I can see the darkness, hopelessness and pain happening in all parts of the world. I need to be bold, listen to his call & share his light with the world- wherever he calls me to go. So excited to see what happens next, and I’d love to hear how God is working in your life!
Here a few pictures I took on the trip I wanted to share with you guys from our fun activities outside the mission field (we couldn’t take pictures during our work due to the fact that we were in schools, but I have plenty from our end of day trips with our lovely hosts, our cultural and historical experience days & team bonding time!)