Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of 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.
In just a few months, I am starting an adventure I said yes to almost four years ago. I am going to be a part of the Antioch Discipleship School in Waco, TX this fall.
I was barely a sophomore in high school when Jesus asked me to do this. He called me to give Him the time and see what He could do. My decision didn’t come with details, just a little faith in my big God. Now, just shy of my 20th birthday, I am ready to finally see what He has in store for me in Waco. I am beyond excited, expectant, and yes slightly nervous, but full of belief and trust that it will be exactly what He wants it to be.
Antioch’s discipleship school is designed for people of any age, background or job title, with a deep desire to encounter Jesus and hunger to learn how to walk with Him for life. They provide a hands-on learning experience for living life on mission with God. I will have the chance to invest in the local church and community of Waco, TX and participate in teachings on disciple making, the Bible, and other aspects to the Christian walk. Frequently, I hear stories about life change and deep impact from those who have completed the school. I am trusting that God’s best truly is yet to come! I can’t wait to experience what He does and share my stories!Over the years following my decision to pursue the discipleship school, I have learned a multitude of things about the character of God, His faithfulness, and the value in patience. My plan was not to do the school this fall. In my head, I wanted to do it a year ago. When that was postponed due to my readiness and season of life, I decided to do it in the spring. Upon applying, I was told I needed to complete an eleven-week required class to learn about the history and values of Antioch Community Church. This news seemed like an unfortunate, disappointing setback, but in reality, it was necessary for my growth and passion to complete the school. Every Sunday, for eleven weeks, I drove three hours each way to Waco for a two-hour class. Some see that as crazy or completely unnecessary, but it taught me important lessons about commitment, dedication, and obedience. I am so thankful I pushed through with the class. I learned so much about the background of Antioch and what really makes the heart of their church beat.Because I had been telling people (and myself) for years that I was doing this school, I had subconsciously developed a mindset that my time for the school would come, I would do it, and it would be great! In some ways those things are true, but I had lost the mentality that it would take hard work and faithfulness on my part pursue the school with excellence. John Mark Comer, a well-known pastor in Oregon, presented a sermon on dreams. His premise was when God gives us dreams, often times it will look different, take longer, be harder, but ultimately, be better.
DIFFERENT | HARDER | LONGER | BETTER
Those words couldn’t be more true for me. God has dreamed this dream through me to complete the school, but over time, I claimed it as “my dream.” I took a pursuit into my hands that was never rightfully mine. Honestly, it’s likely that I do that often; try to steal the glory from my God. Thankfully, He is a God of redemption and sanctification. While I saw a setback, He saw a reclaiming of my heart and passion for this dream. While I saw delays, He knew it was perfect timing. I am so thankful He knows best. My life would be a mess if run by my plans and ideas.Six weeks of the sixteen-week school are spent ministering overseas. I recently learned that I will be going to…
Hearing the news of my destination was so exciting! If you know me in “real life” or have been following along for a while, you’d know that I’ve traveled to the DR’s neighboring country, Haiti, a handful of times. Haiti is near and dear to my heart, I love the people and culture. I am looking forward to observing the cultural differences, learning the nature of the people, and witnessing God move and make His mark in the Dominican.In the Dominican, we will be sharing the love of Jesus with those who have never encountered Him in a personal way. The extended time of overseas ministry will be quite the experience. I know it will be challenging, eye-opening and strengthening to my faith.
|DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FACTS|
+The primary language is Spanish.
+Coffee, sugar, and tobacco are the country’s main source of income.
+They share America’s national colors of red, white and blue!
+It is the most visited island in the Caribbean.
+Santo Domingo, the nation’s capital is the oldest city in the Americas.
I can’t successfully embark on this journey alone. If you are willing, would you partner with me in prayer? Prayer is the key to success in any ministry. There is no exception for this powerful tool! I would greatly appreciate prayer for intentionality and faith as I approach this new adventure. Intentionality to deeply dive into all that God is doing and faith that He can always do more. It amazes me that God is never one to underperform, He is constantly looking for ways to put His glory and power on display! He is ABLE!
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
In order to embark on this incredible journey, I need to raise $3,000 to cover travel, ministry costs, supplies and living expenses for our six weeks in the country. This is a lofty goal, but I know we serve a God who can do more than we ask or imagine! Would you consider investing in my trip? Thank you in advance to those of you who decide to invest financially. Thank you for allowing me to be the Lord’s vessel in the Dominican through your donations!
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To raise money for my trip, I am selling these vintage-inspired “To All Nations” tees. I created a minimal, throwback design with a reminder of Jesus’ last command to “Go and make disciples of ALL nations.” I love the reminder that ALL NATIONS means both far away, unreached nations and the very city you live in!
The fundraising platform I am utilizing is called Bonfire. Through my link, you can order a tee and they will ship it directly to your home once the campaign is complete. You can choose between the colors stone gray and light olive. All of the t-shirts are unisex and come in sizes XS-3XL. The campaign will run until July 26th, three weeks from today. I am hoping to raise half of my $3,000 goal by selling 100 t-shirts priced at $25. I would be honored to see you wearing a t-shirt in support of my trip!
Thank you to each one of you who took the time to read this. I really appreciate your support and encouragement. Thank you for being a part of my story!
Let your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
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