To India and beyond…


Acts 1: 6-8 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

I’ll let you in on a little secret… I am one of those closet missionary wannabes. Sounds funny but before joining Parkside Church, I was completely ignorant to the International Christian Missionary world. I love doing things in the community but I never really thought about leaving the United States for anything other than pleasure. When I joined my church, I met so many lovely people that have dedicated their lives to international missions. We also receive a missionary calendar that we pray through on a weekly basis. I have always been in awe of people who truly dedicate themselves and their time to full time service. I always considered that “lifestyle” to be way out of my scope. However, every since I watched Slumdog Millionaire (I know I am ridiculous), I have been completely obsessed with the children living in the slums of India. Being a mom, I can’t even fathom how hard their life is. I grew up in “the hood” but my experiences don’t come close to what the children living there face on a daily basis. Over the past few months, I have met many of my church members that have spent weeks or longer at the New Delphi Bible Institute ran by Pastor Isaac Shaw. I attended three presentations detailing the experiences of going to India. As I listened, I would just sit in my seat in awe of what God is doing there. Well fast-forward a couple of months and this “internal mission trip groupie” had the pleasure of meeting Gloria Shaw, Isaac Shaw’s wife. Okay let me just start by saying she is a lovely, kind and warm woman of God. She spoke to my life-group about all the things that are going on in India and with the 61 church plants there. I think I had a glisten in my eye because after her presentation she walked over to me and said I should come to the Institute to teach Vacation Bible School! Ummm seriously, how did she know I was a VBS teacher! The Holy Spirit is AMAZING! As I told her about how I want to go to India but I am a single mom with a son (cue in the excuses), her response was simply, “bring him along”. I think my heart leaped out of my body, did the running man and somehow jumped back in. So yea basically I am going to India the summer of 2014 for 2 weeks! I am way too excited! Not so much that I will be this awesome help (although I pray I will be), I know going to India will transform my life! I am praying that my son continues to grow in faith and develops an even stronger walk with Jesus. I want to become everything that Jesus has for me to be. I will have to pay for our transportation and Visa’s so I will try to figure out how to raise funds for the $1,500/pp flight. I just really know that God is giving me the desire of my heart even though I kept it a secret. Lol He is definitely all-knowing! Please pray for me as I prepare my mind and heart for this journey. xoxo