Becca's Back!

Hi! My name is Becca Jakaitis and I'm a junior Math Education major from Illinois. I was a Journey 2009 intern and I can honestly say that my life hasn't been the same since that amazing experience with Choose to Invest. I learned how to truly do missions. The Bible calls for so much more than a short term trip to build a house or a bag of soccer balls. It calls for relationships and using the gifts that He gave us! The Avery's taught us that the second day of the internship. Through that training I have learned to work alongside others and think about the long term perspective. I have learned to challenge everything that I do against the Bible and what God commands of His followers. I am willing to be misunderstood by my peers in order to truly follow Him. We focused on those things in 2009 and summarized the trip with the saying "Transformed by Truth; therefore joyfully Misunderstood". It was more than a saying for us and I have tried to live my life by it since. I knew that Choose to Invest was going to continue to do amazing things and have tried to stay involved. This year, I am going to be tutoring Benj and Cate and teaching in the Kenyan schools as well as work on the Rejoice Project with the rest of the interns. It will be a blessing to take another Summer to be challenged in a way never before and to watch the Avery's make the transition into long term missions. Because of them and their passion, their teachings and application of the Bible to missions, I know that it is something that I want to do with the rest of my life and I feel even more blessed to know people who can truly demonstrate the servant leadership needed to do this kind of work. Thank you for all your support and prayers; please continue to pray for the interns, staff, Kenyan leaders and students, as well as the families we are leaving behind this Summer. Thank you again! And God bless you for the investment you are making in our future. Becca Jakaitis Romans 12:2