One More Intern...

Meet my sister Ali! It is an absolute joy and blessing to have my youngest sister Ali join us for Journey this year. Ali has faithfully served our family and the Journey students for the last two years during our initial time at Camp Highland and is now ready to journey herself. I am excited to watch her explore God's plan for her life as we serve our friends in Kenya together. Here's Ali...

Hello there, my name is Ali Avery and I am from Atlanta, Georgia. I am a senior in high school, and I plan to go to Manhattan Christian College and Kansas State University. Through their dual-degree program, I would like to pursue a degree in Bible/Cross-Cultural Ministry and a degree in Occupational Therapy. I am incredibly excited about Journey 2011. I've watched my brother and sister-in-law, Nathanael and Kristin, lead many trips to Kenya and I am thrilled to be able to journey with them. As I've been involved with the interns before they go, and have been a part of debrief afterwards, I've loved hearing the stories and seeing the change in the hearts of the interns. I cannot believe it's finally my turn to go! God has really been shaping my heart in the past year. My thoughts about the future changed drastically when I recently felt Him calling me to overseas missions, particularly with children with special needs. The thought of spending the summer in Kenya is almost surreal. This will be my second time out of the country; the first was a trip to Haiti just a few weeks ago. I never could have prepared myself for the overwhelming peace that I felt the minute I arrived there. I was in my element, as if I had been created to live in that kind of environment. I had no idea I was going to have such a hard time coming home. I was ready to board a plane to Kenya, get a jumpstart on the summer. But while being home in these few months between Haiti and Kenya, I see that He is using the struggles I face to get my attention and to show me some really important things. Yes, He has called me to long-term missions one day, but He has me right where He wants me now. "Obedience for today". It's going to require a lot of trust and a whole lot of patience, which doesn't always come naturally. But I am confident that when I am walking in His will, I am right where I am supposed to be, wherever that might be. This summer, it's Kenya. And I am beyond excited to see God show up in big ways in the lives of His people in Kenya and in this group of 2011 interns. "Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10