So…It has been a while since I have posted. Lets just say that the last week has proven to be full of surprises…otherwise known as the laziness that hits right before a new semester. I can honestly say that I have never looked forward to a semester more. I get to take classes that look fun, I get to be mentored, and to top it all off I get the opportunity to go to Istanbul, Turkey on a mission trip in the summer. It is going to be an amazing year!
Speaking of Turkey, there has been several things that have come to my attention, that I honestly just feel the need to get out. First, I need to start with what this mission trip is all about. A group of us at the Wesley will be teaming up with Campus Crusade for Christ in an outreach mission, with the goal being to influence leaders of that community, that will hopefully start a movement of the gospel through an area where it is much needed right now. Although I am so excited for this amazing opportunity, it is not exactly the best area to be right now. That being said, I have had every opinion from, “I am so proud of you,” to, “you know they are killing Christians over there, right?” My point is that there is a very large pool of mixed opinions when it comes to the trip.
This got me to thinking… Isn’t it the areas that are the most dangerous that are lacking God the most? Should we not, as Christians, be focusing in on those areas in hopes of sparking change within the hearts of the persecuted and the persecutors? We have gotten so used to living in our little bubbles that we forget that we are meant to proclaim the word of God to ALL people, and to love ALL people. We have reached a place where our actions are stagnant, we no longer actively seek the broken. I am guilty of this too! I look back and can not even count the amount of times that I have seen someone sitting alone and decided not to approach them because I didn’t want to seem creepy, or the amount of times that I have passed up an opportunity to reach out to a freshman who was probably hurting for God. This pains me, and it pains me because this is the culture that we are living in. We place more importance on being accepted, than being the ones who are accepting.
My prayer is that we will reach a place in which our hearts are opened, not only to God, but to the honor and adventure of being His vessels. That we will embrace our identity as His children every single moment of every day, knowing that we serve a Lord that is truly remarkable.