Last Night: Community Group

Last night I sat on a gigantic orange furry pillow with a bunch of my friends from church {community group} discussing  1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 and sharing a little bit about where I'll be spending the next two years of my life.  

If you already know me, its no secret that I'm moving to Cote d'Ivoire for the next two years. Even if you've poked around this blog a bit, you've probably found evidences of it.  Well, now I can officially post it - this spring I joined Journey Corps - a ministry of WorldVenture. I am very excited to spend the next few years learning and participating in ministry on the field with lots of awesome people. If you'd like to know more, visit some of the links above

Last evening, as we sat around our circle, I shared with my friends why I'll be leaving them for so long.  Ever since I was a little girl, I've been fascinated with learning, exploring, and sharing. All of these things, combined with a love of Jesus, met when I went to Northwestern College to pursue Intercultural Studies.  Although, I've spent lots of time in short-term cross-cultural ministry, I've never been challenged to leave my comfort zone to live in someone else's home, in someone else's country. Until now...

In September I'll join a group of 11 Americans and Germans to live and learn in Cote d'Ivoire - what it means to follow Jesus and serve His people across the barriers of language, place, and comfort. Am I excited? Yes! Am I terrified? Double yes! Am I afraid I'm too weak and scared? Yes and Yes again.  Will that stop me from following the call on my heart to go? Nope, not a chance.

Over the next few years I'll keep you updated and posted on the happenings of the Ivory Coast and what new things sprout from there! The Traveling Cabinet shop will take on a new look as I move overseas - who knows what Jesus will do with it??

In the meantime you're welcome to check it out and join the team with prayer {send me a note to receive updates} or financial support:

1 Timothy 6:17-19

"17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life."