As the end of my graduate studies was approaching, I had a lot of people asking me about what kind of social worker I wanted to be which triggered a self-evaluation.
Back in April of this year, I was at my church “Crossroads Community Cathedral” in East Hartford, CT when there was a presentation focused on the medical mission to Guatemala. During that time Dr. Fausty Onyirimba talked about the medical mission trip that has been taking place the past 5 years to Esquipulas, Guatemala. As I sat there listening to the presentation, my eyes teared up and I felt it right then and there that this was something I needed to be a part of. At the end of the service I met the doctor and put my contact information down to be contacted for the initial information session.
Once the date was set for the first meeting I asked my boyfriend to attend with me so he could also be informed of what I wanted to be a part of. We attended the meeting along with others who had never been on the mission trip and some that have gone in previous years. The doctor shared pictures and gave information on what the trip will consist of, dates and cost. I signed up for the trip with nothing but FAITH.
I remember going out to eat with my boyfriend right after and he asked me “So what are you going to do?” and I answered, “I am going on the mission trip and I will raise the money to go on the trip”.
I decided to start a “Gofundme” account and provide some of the background information with my reason for wanting to be a part of the mission. I began sharing the campaign on social media and also asked my sister and Mom to share it on their pages as well.
I got my first $20 donation from my son Marcus in May. I took the $20 and wrote, “Lord I pray for the medical mission, let your will be done. I trust that it will all flourish as it should”. I folded the $20 bill inside the small paper and put it in my prayer box.
Then came the waiting period, which is when we start getting worried and doubting if what we are longing for will happen. I had a few friends who instantly made contributions but then nothing happened. I had a few unexpected emergencies in the summer so I was distracted by that and put the campaign to the side. When things settled down I started to get desperate because I felt like I needed a plan B to come up with the money. So although I wasn’t really interested in picking up a second a job, I began to apply for work anyways. I got a few calls back but didn’t proceed with a new job because I knew that wasn’t what I needed.
I knew I had to trust that God was going to provide because he had given me peace about the whole trip from the moment I became interested. The week before I had to turn in the balance due, I was encouraged by my best friend to reach out to her former boss and talk to him about my trip and campaign. I was nervous and hesitant to do this so she made the initial call and then he and I made contact. I can honestly say that he was an angel sent from God because he truly blessed me with more than I could have ever imagined. His donation was just what I needed to make it to Guatemala.
The process from start to finish taught me that when God puts something in my heart he already has everything figured out. To some they might call it luck but to me it was a blessing that was all part of Gods perfect plan. I got to experience the most humbling trip of my life but most important I now feel that God has equipped me for something bigger and greater.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV)
Taking leaps of faiths,