A Vision for Change

Wow I am so completely humbled. Humbled by friends who love and support me & humbled by a God who would choose me to impact His world. For those who don’t know, I am going to Niarobi, Kenya in one week! I  am both excited and nervous for all the Lord will show me,  but I know He has clearly opened this door for a reason. Like so many people, I believe my life is a testament to how the Lord prepares us slowly for great adventures. To give you a quick glimpse… this is how He did it for me.

Freshman year I went on my first mission trip to Honduras. It was a very unplanned trip, yet God used it to open my eyes to a different world.

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Summer after my freshman year, He grew my heart for the nations while attending a discipleship program. Instead of being scared of the unknown, I was praying to God, Send Me!

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During my sophomore year, God planted the seed for Africa in my heart. The summer following, I was on Summer Staff at a Young Life camp, where I met my great friend Winston. He was leaving for Tanzania in a few months and I was so invested in his story & what he was doing that I had to be apart of it. Though I couldn’t go with him, I have prayerfully & financially have been supporting him since.

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Summer Staff 2011 & Winston’s Wedding 2013

By junior year, I kept mentioning Africa to my family yet the timing & trips never felt right. However, the Lord did allow me to a have a few tastes of the world to see what it would look like serving other countries & interacting with different cultures. He took me to Guatemala in the winter with my mom and friends. I traveled to Belize in the summer for a Community Development Study Abroad program.

Loved spending time with these girls in the orphanage. They sang Justin Bieber all of the time! (Guatemala)
Loved spending time with these girls in the orphanage. They sang Justin Bieber all of the time! (Guatemala)
While in Belize, my role was to build a park in the community. I knew nothing about how to build a park, and it is my greatest accomplishment. Favorite part: I loved when the little ones would come help!While in Belize, my role was to build a park in the community. I knew nothing about how to build a park, and it is my greatest accomplishment. Favorite part: I loved when the little ones would come help!

Senior year I got the incredible opportunity to intern for Pure Charity, a nonprofit that is a fundraising platform for nonprofits & individuals all over this world. This completely solidified my passion for nonprofit work & serving this world.

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So there is that! I am going to be giving posts on my blog & on my fundraising platform for all who want to be involved on this adventure. I am asking for many prayers for the Lord’s strength, provision & wisdom. Also prayers for safety & for me to go not go crazy during the FOREVER long flights.

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If you would like to help financially & see more information on the nonprofit I will be going with, you can click on the widget to the right!

Thanks for the support and for following me on this adventure! The picture quote I posted last week I have never believed to be more true than now. Thank you Peter for the encouragement.

I don’t always know where life is going. I don’t always see the end of the road, but here is the great part: Courage is not about knowing the path. It is about taking the first step. It is about Peter getting out of the boat, stepping out into the water with complete faith that Jesus will not let him drown. I do not know my five-year plan; even tomorrow will probably not go as I have planned. I am thrilled and terrified in a good way. Some call it courage; some call it foolish; I call it faith. I choose to get out of the boat. Sometimes I walk into His arms. More often, I get scared and look down and stumble. Sometimes I almost completely drown. And through it all, he never lets go of my hand.

xx

Hannah

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