Last summer I had the opportunity to serve on the tropical island of Guam. I was there for two months, and it was a great experience. I really discovered my love for Asian cultures.
Finishing my senior year at Northland I was interested in island camp ministry. The Lord was opening a door for me to serve at a Christian school/camp in Hawaii. I was really excited about going, the Lord clearly closed the door for that ministry. I was absolutely crushed, being a senior and at the stage of my life where I was obviously supposed to know what to do with the rest of me life. I grudgingly looked for other camps that had openings, while there were several openings I had no rest and had no desire to serve in any of the positions. The Lord solidified going to grad. school in Penn., but I knew that I wasn't supposed to go right away. Still uncertain about the many options that lay before me I said no to them all knowing I was not supposed to be at any of those places, but still having a desire to go. The Lord began convicting me re: a ministry at my home church and just working for a year or so to save money for grad school. I decided that home was where I was supposed to go, but still desiring to go, but knowing that was not where I was supposed to be. April is Northland's Missions's conference- I love mission's conference it is the most amazing experience ever! Many boards had various opportunities, I was talking with a mission board about going to South Africa, etc... finally I saw it. "English Teachers needed in China" I knew that was where I was supposed to be!!! I figured pursue it, and if it is a no then I have nothing to lose. I asked about it, and here I am... appx. 1 month away from teaching in China.
I have heard about the team China trips and have always wanted to go, but I get more than 5 weeks. I get a whole year! It is so cool how God has clearly prepared me for this in my future by equipping me in my past and present.