Everything happened so fast, literally in a matter of days. I was finishing up summer camp while trying to fundraise for a trip I wasn’t sure was going to happen. One day, as I sat in solitude, I closed my eyes and prayed earnestly. I told God that I was giving it all to Him. If he wanted me in Chuuk, Micronesia, He’d make it happen. That was the last time I stressed about the finances of the trip. I started receiving money from different sources. It was truly a miracle—things really began to fall into place. I was able to purchase my ticket seven days after that prayer.
It didn’t feel real until I arrived at Los Angeles International Airport, bright and early August 15, 2014. As I waved goodbye to my family, and headed towards the boarding gate, all I could do was smile. God made it happen.
In retrospect, nothing could have prepared me for the journey ahead. I promised God that I’d let Him use me however He saw fit, and I wanted to go into my mission experience with my eyes wide open. That can be scariest prayer sometimes. After arriving in Chuuk, I became aware of many limitations and setbacks, but I was sure that God would provide.
The first few months were rough. The humidity didn’t allow me to sleep, my diet had changed drastically, and I soon learned how difficult it was to teach without many materials. I’ve learned to adjust and be flexible, and that creativity goes a long way. But when I walk into my classroom each morning, after a restless night, and see my first graders looking up at me with their sparkly eyes and their smiles with missing teeth, I’m reminded of why I’m here. By God’s grace, I can get through the longest nights, the most stressful weeks, and the most challenging trials. Despite the challenges, I’m glad to be here serving my island family. I’m looking forward to holding God’s hand as He leads me through this missionary journey.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.