I wanted to update everyone on what I’ve been up to since I left Ole Miss after just one semester:
As a “trial period”, I decided that during the 7 months I had at home I would involve myself in ministry, as well as work full-time. I spoke with the youth minister at my childhood church and asked him to introduce me to the ministry. He gave me the opportunity to serve as a volunteer with the youth program and it has opened my eyes to a whole new sense of joy that can’t truly be explained. A mission trip is an experience packed into weeks that you cherish and remember and are great, but getting to share the gospel consistently with students who are just a few years younger than me has allowed my faith to constantly grow alongside theirs. Spending the whole weekend with the students for DNOW (Disciple Now) was another huge growth experience.
I was asked to volunteer at Vacation Bible School and I got to lead the 6th graders. It was a challenging, but worthwhile experience. It really allowed me to work with an age that I had yet to do all that much with, so it was great to get that experience. It was also super rewarding to see the curtains drop and the lights turn on in the kids’ heads as we introduced Jesus to them.
While serving at the church, I also had the opportunity to work at Chick-fil-A doing lunch deliveries. Wow, that place knows how to spread joy. Is it sometimes slightly a little much, sure, but seriously those people are awesome to be with every day. I met some really cool people doing that both inside and outside Chick-fil-A. It really let me surround myself with good people and see the good in so many situations.
The choice I made to leave Ole Miss was bold…and many people questioned it. Some still do. But God is making the way clear for me. I am called to South Africa at this stage in my life. What about after that? Well, I’m not sure yet, probably finish school, but God is cool and his plan is a whole lot bigger than mine so I’m just along for the ride! Questions have been answered and stars have finally fallen in line and my trip is beginning to take shape. I am so blessed, thank God.