Well I thought I was going to stop when I got back from Nigeria, but I felt the need to post tonight. As I lay here, listing to worship music, and spending some time talking to God, I am in awe of him. How Christ puts all our broken pieces together and makes us beautiful. As I listened to "you hold it all together" by sons and daughters, I'm simply reminded that God is in charge. He is the one who holds it together. Not me. But him! As I take this huge next step of life into college it's easy for me to get caught up worrying about the "little things." What are my professors going to be like? Am I strong enough in my faith to be able to defend it if I were to be challenged in class? Where will my church family/home be? So many thoughts floating though my head. Yet, if I just pause and talk to God, he's got it all under control. And cool as a cucumber! Tonight I pray that if you get caught up in the worrying or fear of "what's next?" as I often do myself, that you will be able to take a step back and see that God is the one holding you together. He's got this!
I wanted to do a “wrap up” blog post but as I’ve pondered on it the past couple days, I just haven’t been able to come up with the words to say about this trip. I have learned that is is so hard to explain to someone the way your heart is changed after a mission trip. This trip taught me a variety of things, but probably the biggest thing is learning what you really NEED in life and how that view is so altered by the very materialistic world we live in. One of our very first morning bible studies we talked about living life with an open palm. Holding your blessings with and open hand so that if God takes something from you, you don’t freak out. You just go with it and realize you didn’t need it any way. Because as proverbs says, “in their hearts, humans plan their course, but the lord establishes our steps.” It’s all in God’s perfect plan.
I also am very thankful for the relationships I built on this trip, both with my team and with those who live in Nigeria. It amazed me how giving some are in the community we stayed in and how they are so quick to stop what they are doing to help us out. What a blessing these people were to my team and I. And to my team, thank you! You all showed me/reminded me what it looks like to be on fire for Christ. It was awesome to hear your life stories and your God moments in life, to laugh with you, and to serve along side you. You have all made an impact on my life.
In all honestly, I don’t think there are words to truly describe what this trip has meant to me, but I can tell you one thing, spending time with Jesus kids, the babies from the motherless babies home, going to Nathaniel bassey concert, spending time in prayer with my team, and singing without ceasing has truly impacted my life for the better! Thank you to all who helped me get there and Lee Anne for even making this trip possible!
May God bless!
Until next time!❤
Praise be to God! What a wonderful day! We started out the morning with VBS at Independent Baptist church. There were 4 or 5 Christian school who brought their children for the morning. We sang, danced, played games, learned about the gospel, and made salvation bracelets. The kids had a blast! After VBS we headed back to our humble abode for fresh grilled catfish. Yumm! While eating lunch we got to meet Mike and Gift, 2 missionaries that are here to visit for a couple weeks.
Then, on to Jesus Kids!! I just love these kids! Something about being around special needs children just warms my heart!! We sang. They had a fun dance and song performance for us. Then it was time to head to a concert. Saying goodbye to then was hard! One little girl stared crying when I said bye… so then it became, “I’ll see you soon!” (Hopefully it won’t be too long!) To end the day, we went to a Nathaniel Bussey concert at a church here in town! Beautiful music! Strongly encourage you all to look him up!!
I’ll see you soon!
Well I thought today was going to be a simple tourist type day. Not a ton to do but to see some sights and come home. But let me just tell you I was all wrong! We started off the day actually on time! (That never happens here in Nigeria! Lol) we got to Abeokuta. A nice town with some tourist attractions such as Olumo rock and a museum for a former president of Nigeria. We decided to climb up to the top of Olumo Rock. This was all fine and good until we literally started climbing up between two rocks while it was sprinkling rain. SCARY!! But we made it to the top and had a beautiful view of the city! After walking down the stairs to get off (much safer) we headed to Lafarge to eat. We had some good turkey and fries and coleslaw. Then we had fun shaped, home made ice cream. Yumm! Then we decided to make the journey home. Our driver decided he was going to take a “short cut” home. So we headed out on our way home. Soon did we find out that this “express” was everything but an express. It was a washed out road with HUGE holes everywhere. At first we were like wow this is bumpy. But it’s fun! Then we started to realize we were the only normal vehicle on this road. All the others were huge transfer trucks. Then about 45 mins in we started to wonder what we had gotten ourselves into. We started singing praise songs to keep our mind off of the terrible road. One truck had gotten stuck in like a sink hole and the top of the truck was almost ground level at the back. We passed 3 or 4 cars who were stranded, one had a tire off, one with a broken axel. But what a blessing the singing was! When we finished one song someone would start another! That made the time go by much faster! Finally after about 2 hours on this awful “road” we made it to a normally paved road and headed home! Garrett (one of my team members) was awesome and gave us all back massages! Wonderful!
So today I praise God for simply getting us home safely and for the positive attitudes the whole way home! This has been such an amazing experience! So many new adventures every day!
Praise God in the ruts of life today! I promise he will hold your hand all the way through!
Today wasn’t a very eventful day. But it was a good day! We had a huge breakfast thanks to miss Elena. Then we went and did demos of VBS for Friday at different school. We led a few songs and a game at each.
The best part of the day was worship tonight! Lee Anne led
as we sang praise to our God. What an amazing thing to listen to about 15 voices just sing praise to God. Absolutely beautiful!
Acts 20:35 “In every way I’ve shown you that by laboring like this, it is necessary to help the weak and to keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, for He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
Today was jam packed with fun!
“Jesus, however, invited them: “Let the little children come to Me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
Luke 18:16 HCSB
We started out at a home for motherless babies. What and emotional place. These kids were just precious! So loving and all under the age of 2. At 2 their fathers get them back to care for them. We played with them but we’re not allowed to hold them. The manager of the place is evil!! The whole atmosphere of the place changed when she walked into the room. She allowed the babies to scream and told us not to comfort them. They make the babies stand at a very young age. And by a year and a half they are feeding themselves, walking, etc. such a sad situation yet those babies were absolutely adorable and you could tell they just wanted to be held!
We then took a trip to the market. We got fabric to make outfits for a wedding we are going to on Saturday. And a guy tried to marry me 😂(I just kept walking) Fun experience.
Last big activity for the day was taking Jesus Kids to Agodi Gardens to swim and go to the zoo! This was an adventure but those kids absolutely loved it! It rained almost the whole time we were there but those kids just played and played and played! They got to ride down two different water slides and splash around in the pool! It was beautiful!
Then we came home to get measured by the tailor for our wedding attire. Lastly, dinner with Karen and Equi. We had traditional Nigerian food which was pretty good!
Happy 4th everyone!
Today was VBS in the villages. This was a hard experience for me because I wasn’t able to communicate much with the kids because most didn’t speak much English. However, it was amazing to watch them worship in their own language. To sing songs of praise in euroba. We had stations set up so they got to make crafts, play lots of games and listen to someone teach the gospel. We went with a baptist church group and went to 2 different schools. A primary school and a secondary school! We sang Jesus loves the little children in euroba along with a song miss Fumi taught us. It was a good successful day! Now it’s time to rest and enjoy some fellowship with friends!