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I had the opportunity to sign up for a 2 week trip to Ecuador with my church…little did I know, God wanted more. Here’s my story…
Christ has been the center of my life since I was born. Growing up, I went to church every week, twice a week. I loved getting involved in any way I could – whether it be on worship team or short-term projects. In junior high, I went on my very first short-term trip to Mexico. Since then, I’ve been on countless short-term trips all over the world: San Francisco, Las Vegas, Belgium, Switzerland and Israel. None of these lasted longer than two weeks – and I was just fine with that!
This past year, God had been pressing on my heart the idea that something more would be coming…I had no idea what that meant. So I just continued to pray and keep seeking Him about it.
In preparation for our church’s trip to Ecuador, our leader asked me if I was getting excited for it. I told her I was excited, but also nervous at the same time. She didn’t understand why I would be nervous. I explained to her that the Lord was trying to reveal something to me – there is something more He wants. She said, “More. Like long term missions?” I had no clue. I told her that long term has never been a desire or passion of mine. She explained, “Kellie, if it’s the Lord’s desire, He will make it your desire.” I was so unsure – I could have told her she was crazy.
I prayed and spoke to God about it a lot! Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, I looked into Extreme Nazarene, spoke with some missionary friends of mine and asked a small group of friends and family to help pray about it.
Well guess what? My leader was right! God did a miracle in me by transforming my heart to further the Kingdom of God in a different country. Within a month, I was approved to be a missionary in Cuenca, Ecuador for 28 months! I’m so excited that God wants to use me to be a part of someone else’s miracle in their life.
I would like to thank you all in advance for your prayers and various ways of supporting the work that God is doing in South America.
To read more specifics on 40/40 missionaries, please click the Project link above entitled “Extreme South America”.
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