We are in the middle of a series of blogs introducing our Journey team for this summer. If you are joining us for the first time, I encourage you to go back and check out those you missed. Enjoy the stories of how God lead each of them to give up their summers to serve in Africa!
Introducing Sara Beth Tankersley:
Oh hey there Journey family; I am Sarah Beth Tankersley! I am a sophomore, Psychology Major with a Math minor at Young Harris College with the hopes to pursue a career in Social Work (God willing). I am involved in many different aspects of my campus including: Dorcas Honor Society, SGA, Underground Bible Study Leadership, Coffee & the Word Bible Study, and I also work as a college representative in the YHC admissions departments as well as a Jones Ministry Scholar Intern at a local church in Hayesville, NC.
Every summer I would work at Camp Hope in Dahlonega, GA and I would go on different trips with my church. I have always been fond of a busy summer, but I felt I need some thing more, something different that was going to truly transform my life in a whole new way. I found out about Journey and immediately became interested, but I never felt like it was an attainable dream. After much prayer and thought I just decided to go for it and apply. Ever since, each little detail just fallen into place and now, here we are! I am so excited to see how the Lord provides to each of us on both an individual level as well as a body of believers together for His mission. I have been on several smaller mission trips and I have come to know that the best way to bond together is to serve together and I cannot wait for the lifelong friendships that are so rooted in Christ that they won’t be anything other than a blessing. Being able to explore God’s calling in place that pulls me completely out of my comfort-zone gives me the most wonderful uneasiness. Uneasy because I know it will be trying and I know it will break me completely, but wonderful because there is restoration within that brokenness, and that restoration brings freedom. I am beyond thankful for this opportunity and I am more than excited to be a part of this team.
Colossians 1:11-14 has been a great encouragement to me during this journey to Journey. “May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” With all of God’s might, we have been strengthened and He has qualified us to do His will. There is nothing more encouraging than knowing that God has already given us everything that we need for this Journey! Ephesians 3:20 states “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.” That power of God’s might that gives us strength is also able to do immeasurably more than we can even think! I am blown away by the fact that God has chosen us to do His work, but I am beyond excited to see how He uses us far more abundantly in Kenya.
Introducing Margot Osborne:
Hey! My name is Margot Osborne and I'm currently studying French and West European Studies at Indiana University. I'm involved with a campus ministry called theCanvas and enjoy playing keys in the worship band. I want to go to Kenya with Journey because I feel like God has been calling me to get out of my comfort zone and go to Africa to serve Him. At first, I didn't know what that would look like, but when He put Journey on my heart I knew I couldn't say no. I am so eager to serve the people of Kenya and learn more my Creator on the way. A verse that has been encouraging since starting this experience has been Psalm 62:5-7. It says "My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest; the rock of my strength, my refuge is in God." I can't wait to share in this experience with all of you!