A Letter from Me to You: Why I’m going to Thailand this summer.
This summer I’m joining other members of CrossRoads Community Church (CrC) of Los Angeles Full Gospel Church on a short-term mission trip to Thailand from 8/4-8/16 (about two weeks). At Thailand, we’ll teach English in a local school and have Vacation Bible Studies (VBS) in the orphanage we currently support, called Home of Grace. We will also be visiting a prison for sex trafficking victims in Thailand.
For the past year studying at UCLA, I’ve been convicted by the Gospel again and again in my heart. I came into freshman year insecure of my worth as a person and of my value in the kingdom of God, but God took my small heart and is still growing it into something beautiful. He constantly reminds me of his mercy, grace, and love… that my identity is no longer found in the world but is now “hidden with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:1-4)
Before, I was satisfied with walking with God in my daily routine, satisfied with glorifying God through “my good grades and character”. God took this small mentality and shook it upside down (gently!); he showed me that I couldn’t work my way to grace, but that all the good in me is from Him, not myself. When I remembered His love in my heart, He called me to go and encourage His body in Thailand. Overseas missions always felt intimidating to me (and still does); I always felt like it was for “someone else.” But God’s stirring something new in my heart… and He’s leading me to a new place again, teaching me how to fully trust Him again and to look beyond myself and my comforts to serve and love His people. I’m going because I want to follow and obey God, because I love Him… and I love Him because He loved me first. (1 John 4:19)
Hey… you know, prayer moves mountains and God (the God of all creation, of the universe, of everything!!!) hears us. Could you pray with us as we prepare for Thailand? Even one prayer, short or long, is so incredibly powerful.
For myself, that I would surrender to His will and fully trust, rely on, and obey God as we prepare to go.
For my team, that we would be united and humble in spirit as we serve Christ’s children and the people of His heart in Thailand.
For Thailand: that God would open their hearts to be receptive to us when we go.
Our team would also be really really blessed and encouraged by your financial support.. For our trip, we need to raise $2000 per person to cover the costs of our two-week stay. So far—praise God =) —$480 has been raised (online/offline total). If you want to help send, you can also donate online here.
Thank you so much for reading. I really appreciate you. =) God bless you.
In Christ’s love,
PS: In the end, it isn’t really about us and what we can do as a team to help the missionaries there. Ultimately, we’re there to serve out of love and obedience, and God will do what He wills (as He always does!!!). Praise Him for letting us be a small part of His huge, huge plan. =)
'Pray for me that I'll feel God'—absolutely not. I'll pray for you that you'll know God.
You need to know Him in your heart; you need to know Him in your soul; you need to know because the Word tells you so. You need that thing so rock solid in here [motions to head] that no lie can enter into this thing. There’s a ‘no vacancy’ sign on your forehead because Holy Spirit has sealed you with truth.
I am in love with Jesus and everywhere I go, I am in love with Jesus; no matter how my day goes, I’m in love with Jesus; my day doesn’t determine my love. My experiences don’t determine my love; my love determines my experiences."
"The Gospel sets you free from you."
Stop letting temptation win.
when life is tough
don’t turn outward to people
don’t turn inward to yourself
turn to prayer and the word
turn to Jesus
you don’t have to change a single thing
when there isn’t even anything under your control
you just need to go to Jesus
and see what He has to say—
what He’s been saying all this time.