Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
I’m a planner, I’ve always been a planner. Over the last two years, though, God has been working miracles, turning me into a willful and submissive servant to Him and His kingdom. I have taken multiple “leaps of faith”, which have each scared me to death, but have panned out perfectly and better than I ever could’ve imagined. Last Spring, I got connected with an amazing ministry – the Penn State Navigators – and faithfully took a leadership position this Fall, which has allowed me to lead a group of upperclassmen through a weekly bible study and pour God’s love into them. God has held my hand through every step, and I am anxious yet thrilled to see the ways He continues to use me to do His work here at Penn State.
As you may know, I’m currently a junior studying Health Policy and Administration. Last Summer, I had the privilege of obtaining an amazing internship in corporate healthcare administration at UPMC Altoona which taught me immeasurable real-world skills that I am ecstatic to carry with me into my future career! But, God had much different plans for my upcoming Summer. As I sat here at Penn State waiting on the Lord, he clearly directed me toward a path I never anticipated – a service internship this Summer in a pediatric hospital in Accra, Ghana through Child Family Health International.
My first few weeks of Junior year were riddled with uncertainty as I tried to figure out my next steps, so I prayerfully dove into this dilemma, and (tried to) wait patiently on God’s direction. I joined a service club called Global Medical Brigades, an international non-profit dedicated to eliminating health care disparities and empowering communities all over the world. I then got assigned a faculty mentor this Fall whose research interests are on healthcare disparities in developing nations (focused in Africa). I went to another Nav Night as usual, but that Friday the travel team came to speak, and I felt God undoubtedly tugging on my heart and calling me to willfully be sent where he was directing. I still wasn’t sure I was ready for that leap, but then that very Sunday at church, we had a guest pastor who was a missionary in Italy and he was talking about our missional callings to be out amongst God’s people. I finally put my application into Child Family Health International, ready for the 6-week decision period. I got my acceptance letter two days later. God has given me a heart for the nations and for His people this semester that I’ve never had before, and I can’t dim the fire He’s put in my soul. God directed me to this verse in one of my quiet times: Psalm 27: 13-14 “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
I am dedicated to unceasingly search for my God’s goodness in every aspect of my life, in every step of this journey, and in every person I encounter. I am excited beyond measure for this opportunity, and I have been prayerful in waiting on the Lord to equip me with the resources to tackle this next endeavor. I ask that you consider prayerfully partnering with me as I am sent with the fullness of Christ to Ghana, specifically that He will open up opportunities for me to share my faith story with those who I am with, that He will deliver me safely through this process, and that God will use me to bless the people in Ghana in anyway I can. I also ask that, should you feel called, that you consider partnering financially with me to make this mission a possibility. I have set a fundraising goal of $6,000 ($4,755 program cost, and $1,300 for my travel costs) by March 15, 2019.
With His Love,