Brooke Dawkins

My name is Brooke and I am so incredibly excited to be a part of Journey 2010!  If someone would have told me 2 years ago that this is where my life would be I probably would have laughed and called them crazy!!  But that is just how absolutely amazing and sovereign God is.  Over the past 6 months, the Lord has dealt with my heart and life in a radical way.  I am stunned each day by His faithfulness.

The Lord placed Kenya on my heart almost 10 years ago, and I came to Journey 2010 through circumstances that I can only accredit to the divine work of the Holy Spirit.  When I was 15, God spoke to me through a book and gave me a heart for Africa and the country he laid specifically on my heart that day was Kenya. I knew nothing about Africa and in fact as a child I was terrified of that entire continent because of all of the diseases I had heard originated there.  I was especially terrified of the Ebola virus, and oddly enough as  7 year old I had nightmares of monkeys attacking and infecting me (strange, I know)!  I assured my mom that they lived in my closet, but she promised me that I would only get Ebola in Africa and she also promised that I never had to go!!  It is very funny how God works sometimes.  Even though I found it strange that God would say “Kenya” (of all places!), he never allowed me to let go of that moment when I Was 15.  I am now 24.

I went through so many ups and downs in my walk with Christ.  I made countless mistakes and spent a lot of time incredibly lost.  Looking back, I can see how God used those times to prepare me and to mold me into who I am today, so I am thankful for those moments.  I am also thankful that He is never finished and that he is always working for our good.  However, in this moment I know I am right where God wants me to be.  I am running hard after Him and I pray with all of my heart that I will never stop.  I am overwhelmed by His love and GRACE.  I am humbled, and so very thankful.