So, I still have roughly three months before Project begins, but already it has been an adventure.
I went to a conference with CRU in October called “Fall Getaway.” There, I handed my summer over to God. I had no idea what was in store! But then he brought up the idea of Project. “No,” I thought. “Not now!”
Then, I had a long talk with one of the leaders of CRU on my campus. “Why wait?” he said. He also explained the way God calls various people in the Bible: Initial call, a series of testing, and an affirmation of that call. Had I been called? I wasn’t sure. So I applied– and if I didn’t get accepted, I would know that God doesn’t want me to go on Project this year.
But I was accepted. I was still a little hesitant. Was I really going to be going to Project this year? As I had all year, I had many discussions with the Lord on this very topic. I had a few hurdles and testing standing in my way, and I wasn’t sure how I would ever get through.
Then, this week, God helped me over my hurdles. I had been worrying about my MS– I don’t do too well, in the heat, especially my walking. But I got a brace that is supposed to help me walk. And it works! Once I get used to it, it will improve my energy level and help me to still walk when before I felt I couldn’t. I also hate asking people for money. Fundraising? I don’t much like it. But then I was directed to Philippians 4:15-19, where Paul says,
15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. 17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
It won’t be helping me only, it will be helping me help God out where he has called me to summer ministry. To add to the numbers. And for that I am grateful.
So I’m sending out the first batch of letters, praying that God will provide and get me to project, where he can do what he wills with my summer. I have given it to Him, and I will follow his call!
Like I said: Quite the Process. And I’m not even there yet!