Full of Potential

Today as I placed the last minute details on a trip that has been months in the making, I was struck with awe and wonder at the plans God prepares for His children. In two weeks I will be on the road with a group of twelve teenagers in my care, five hours away from home, for six whole days. Honestly my mind has been glued to thoughts of the impact we hope to have on the children in the area where we will be doing Backyard Bible Clubs. It wasn't until late today that I stopped to reflect on my first missions experience.

I was a goofy seventh grader excited to be venturing outside of the city limits of my small town. I had no clue what to expect, but God knew what I would experience. It was there in New Orleans that I had my first touch with a ministry surviving on the backs and prayers of volunteers, instead of on the cash of a wealthy congregation. It was the first time I had ever seen poverty or homelessness in person. It was also the first time I had ever heard the gospel being shared, amazingly enough, outside the walls of a church. As I look back, I can see how God was laying the very first building blocks of my call into the ministry.

This will be the first missions experience for almost every student leaving with me in two weeks. They will be sretched to give without receiving in return, to love because they were first loved, and to tell because they have heard. Oh how I wonder what they will touch, see, and hear! I am both honored and humbled that God is allowing me to lead these twelve students on part of the journey with their Creator.

What were some of the "firsts" God used to prepare you for ministry?

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