living in him

Last September, I was very moved by a missions presentation during Sunday service. A friend of mine at church had returned from a short-term mission trip to LOGAN Hope in Philadelphia and was sharing about her experience with the rest of the congregation. I'd never been particularly touched by a missions presentation before, but this time around I felt something stir strongly in my heart.

I pondered and prayed about it all throughout last semester and finally decided to submit my application in January. The last thing holding me back was the fact that I had no clear plans set for post-grad life. What if something comes up during the summer? What if I get a job that starts earlier than expected? But at a certain point, it clicked: I shouldn't be trying to work around my own priorities and agenda. I should make missions my priority, and work everything else around it.

So! I am excited to say that I'm going on my first ever short-term mission trip through Grace Covenant Church to LOGAN Hope this summer! It came full circle y'all. I'm super thankful to have the opportunity to share the beautiful Gospel with children in beloved Philly during this season of growing deeper love for God and His people. From June 30th to July 7th, my team and I will be serving under-resourced children at a K-8 school called LOGAN Hope in the neighborhood of Logan in North Philadelphia. LOGAN stands for Loving Our God and Neighbor.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 
I think these verses, Colossians 2:6-7, capture my heart for this missions trip—my heart that's been so moved these last few months by God's purpose for us. My heart that's yearning to know Him more and for others to know Him more. My current prayer requests are reflected in the verses above: to overflow with thankfulness, to be strengthened in the faith, to be rooted in Him, and to continue to live my life in Him.

I’d appreciate it lots if you could join me these next few months as I prepare with my team to testify of God’s incredible faithfulness. I'll be sending out a support letter soon, which will be followed by email updates and more prayer requests. I'll be blogging about my journey as well to document everything in a space that I can look back on.

I'm going to tag these missions posts as "salt & light," because that's what He expects of us! Being the salt and light of this earth and world isn't an option; it's already imprinted in us. It's an imprint that calls us to proclaim the Gospel and make visible Christ's presence in each of our lives. Matthew 5:13-16 says:

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
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