As it has been shown, I am clearly not one for rating my experience of each country along the way. Being part of the communication team for hidden world, I have found that my own feelings are already reflected in the team blogs and newsletters, that when it comes to writing my own, I have nothing left to say. But I have finally figured out what to write on my own blog- only took 5 months. Reflecting back on the last 6 months of my life, I can't believe how much has changed- besides moving to a different country every three weeks.I read this line in The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis a couple months ago, that has stuck with me all this time: "Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy's will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him [God] seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys" (40). As some of you may know, this book is written in the perspective of a demon named Screwtape. I found what he said here to be interesting because he mentions that the Devil's attempt at winning over a servant is hopeless when a person is going through the hardest of times, can't really see God in the situation but still chooses to be obedient. Over the course of Cuba I realized the amount of times in my Christian life, but especially in the last 6 months I have gone through a rough time, and allowed the devil to win by not being obedient. Allowing him to steal something from me, steal my attention. How is this possible? How can I call myself a follower of Jesus, and not actually follow him? I really have wasted so much time. So many opportunities God asked something of me and I turned my back because it didn't suit me or it wasn't fun anymore. Is being a follower really a choice you make once? Is it the one day you ask Jesus into your life and the rest is history?I think not. I have to choose Jesus everyday. Choose life everyday. Choose obedience everyday- even when it may not be convenient for me. Just like God chooses to love me everyday, despite my faults, despite my disobedience. Some days I fall short.... Most days I fall short. But my desire for Him, to glorify Him is there, and I think that's really what he cares about. Why he is pleased with me anyways, pursues me anyways. Even when I fall short, God still loves me. and there is nothing I can do about it. "He [God] wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles" (40). ~C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
Adventures for Jesus: Send Me!
Our journey started in the airport at Johannesburg as the last of us said their final goodbyes to family and friends. The feelings racing through our hearts were of a variety—anxious for the unknown and excited for what is to come as we follow in obedience of God’s calling for our lives.
The Global Challenge Expeditions Team of 2015 has created an initiative to increase financial support, called the Break an Egg, Build a School Challenge. This challenge is to create a video of you breaking an egg in a creative way and donate at www.gcex.org or at your local bank. Post your video on a social media website and nominate 5 friends to do the same! You are welcome to donate without participating in the challenge.