Listen to the call and press on!

18 Jan

Have you heard a call to go on a mission trip, to travel to a third world country to help the poor, diseased or orphaned, to build homes or schools for those in need of them, to teach English or other subjects to those where school is not available?  What has been your call and why haven’t you listened to it?  Often times, it is fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of not having enough money, fear of stepping outside your comfort zone, fear of what other’s might say….  It was for me!  That and also simply not listening to the call.

Fear is one of the most common things that keep us from achieving our dreams.  When we let go of fear and put our faith in God and His mighty plans, our lives become just a little more meaningful.

My church asked me to put together “my story” and while much of it is within the pages of this blog, I never really delved into the fears I struggled with and had to overcome.  It was not easy for me to go on my first mission trip and certainly painful to come home after having experienced and witnessed with my own eyes such poverty, despair and so many lonely children.  Despite the fears, I went and hope that my story helps to free you from fears so that you may have the courage to press on.  Remove those roadblocks and begin your journey.  It will undoubtably change you forever.

As I am now planning for my next trip to Africa (March of 2013), I am less burdened with fear.  My children tell me “you have done this before and you can do it again.”  What strength and courage these little ones have.  My best advice for those feeling a longing and desire to go on a mission trip (or do something that is not within your comfort zone) is to simply listen to the message (the call)!  You are hearing it for a reason and have likely been hearing it for some time!  Once you embrace the message, the fears and obstacles slowly find ways of working themselves out and they aren’t as big as they once seemed.   Your fears are in your head!  Let God illuminate your path and guide you.

 Find comfort in knowing HE will guide your way.

A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.  Proverbs 16:9

Let your light shine!

Much love,


Tina’s Story (Click here to read)



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