God works in unusual ways and then expects you to go along with it. I was confronted directly with this idea of God back in March when I received a text from my friend. The text read:
“Hey, let me know when you have a chance to talk about the trip.”
Before I get into what God was doing at this particular moment, I need to jump back a couple of months to the beginning of my fall semester at the University of Delaware. I had connected with the Christian organization Blue Hens for Christ (BHC) on campus and had begun to be discipled by one of their staff- my now good friend Alex. We were reading through Francis Chan’s book Multiply (great book, I highly recommend).
The premise of the book is centered around Matthew 28:19-20, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” The first half of the book focuses on WHY Christians are called to make disciples while the second half of the book works to equip Christians with the foundational knowledge they need to fulfill the second part of Matthew 28:19-20.
As we began working through the first half of the book Alex and I were feeling God calling us to DO SOMETHING beyond just reading about what we needed to do. We went to the leader of BHC and asked him if we could organize a trip for the summer. He said yes and began talking to a contact in Kenya, hence until mid-March I believed I was going to Kenya!
Now that you’re caught up, let’s get back to the text message. As I read Alex’s text about “the trip” I felt my stomach begin to flip-flop. In all previous conversations we had just talked about Kenya, not “the trip.” The following day we met up and I found out that the organization in Kenya called off the trip because there was not enough time to adequately plan anything, BUT there was now an opportunity to go to Greece and the whole trip was almost already planned. Alex asked if I still wanted to go.
Not going had never even crossed my mind. Missions work is not about going to a cool location. Traveling is an awesome benefit, but the main purpose of missions is to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth, reaching all unreached peoples. I expressed my desire to still go and began praying that God would begin to prepare me for this new location.
The coolest “God-thing” that happened through this experience was that Greece ended up being only half of the cost of Kenya. This change in price enabled me to become fully funded for BOTH of my missions trips. It was an incredibly clear reminded that God will provide if we rest in him.