Thankful!

We have spent a lot of the summer learning different concepts about God. Sometimes it was a matter of taking things we had always known to a deeper level. Other times it was completely new. One of those new concepts was the identity of God as a pursuer.  I have always known that God loves me more than I could ever imagine and that He would and has already done everything for me. But what I didn't realize is the extent to which He is intentionally pursuing me.  God is not passive! At all times, at every moment of the day He is speaking to me and showing himself in a unique way.  Whether that is Him showing himself through other people or through the beauty of his creation, each "God wink" is individual to me. During our time in Kenya there were countless instances where God revealed this characteristic of Himself to me especially through getting to meet my sponsor child not once, but twice! He has been so incredibly faithful!

"To Him who can do immeasurably more than we can ever ask or imagine be the glory forever and ever Amen!"

-Abby Bradley

 

It was round two for me with Journey 2011. I was one of the 2009 interns and it had completely rocked my world, for sure I was up for helping out! And I am so glad that I came along for the ride. I cannot describe the blessing that it was to see how the visions of Choose to Invest have already started to play out in amazing ways and amped up the experience to a whole new level! That alone was enough for me to have come on the trip but God continued to work through the staff and interns and give me true community and spurring on that the Bible so clearly depicts. A major thing that He showed me was how sovereign He truly is. I had been so excited to return to Kwambekenya, a community I had been to in 2009, that I hadn't really even thought much about Ngaamba. When we got there, I fell in love! When we went to Kwambekenya, I actually couldn't get my mind off Ngaamba (though I did still love my time there). Here I was thinking that I knew what was coming, that I knew where I would love to spend e majority of my time, forgetting that the God who created all things knows me way better that I know myself and took me to Ngaamba TWICE! It helped me to realize that He is so sovereign and to remind me that I have no need to worry about anything at all! If my amazing dad here on earth gives me good gifts than how much more does my Father in heaven love and want to bless me!? Just one nugget among many things that He taught me through the Choose to Invest experience and I am and will always be thankful for those little reminders!

-Becca Jakaitis

 

I can't even begin to describe how thankful I am to the Lord for His faithfulness not only in the past 2 months but He has been so faithful in the past few months. This summer God has revealed so much truth about who I am in Him. He has given me a few verses that really describe what He revealed to me. It is Psalms 73:23-26 and it says..."yet I am always with you; you hold be by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel and afterword you take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you and earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail but you are the strength of my heart and my portion forever". This just so perfectly describes the truth he has given me. He is my portion...He is all I need and more, and I am worthy of Him because I am the daughter of the most high King! And in his faithfulness He took me to Africa to show me all of this!

-Sara Furnivall