Thoughts from Lauren McFadden

God absolutely rocked my world this summer. As I think back on Journey 2011, it’s difficult to find words for how thankful I am for the way God moved and changed my life. This was my third time to Kenya and I was so excited to go back to the place and the people that have such a big part of my heart. I expected my time in Kenya to be similar to the last times I’d been there, but God had other plans. As he usually does, he totally surprised me and turned my world upside down. He showed me so much truth about himself, and who I am in Christ. He absolutely poured his love out on me especially while we were working with the babies at Happy Life. I was blessed to be able to spend time with baby Seth, and as I sang and prayed over him I realized that God has and will continue to hold and provide for every single one of the children there, and that he does the same for all of us. I learned so many characteristics of God this summer. That he is my Provider, my Righteousness; he is sovereign, and my Shepherd. Above everything, I learned that he is ABSOLUTELY faithful, and he is who he says he is. God revealed most of these things while simply holding and praying over precious baby Seth.

As I’ve been back in Nashville and at school for the past few weeks I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to serve as a Freshman Orientation leader. I’ve been so blown away by the way God has used the things that he taught me this summer to allow me to pour into the incoming freshmen and the people around me. I am so excited to go into this year knowing that it’s not about me, and that because of God’s love I get to be a tiny part of his massive and beautiful story. Yes, he has truly given me an incredible story to tell. It’s story that is centered on his faithfulness and his glory that I got to experience so clearly throughout the two months we were in Kenya, and the beautiful people and relationships he put in my life there. I’m so excited to continue to walk in the love and grace he has poured lavishly on me, and to glorify HIS name in everything I do.

Now to him who is able to do more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work in us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3: 20-21