My Maryland Mission. 

Before I left for Maryland, I was told that I should write down my mission and vision statement.   

  So, I did. My vision: to grow closer to God, and to develop skills that will prepare me for ministry(specifically, youth and hyphen ministry)

Mission: write a curriculum for Women’s Hyphen Ministry, and be willing to step into whatever challenges Bro. Staten and Living Hope Church has for me. 

With only a couple days left, I can say my Maryland Mission has been unexpectantly just what I needed in this season of my life as a single 21 year old who is just 10 months shy from her Bachelor’s degree. 

I have been stretched and challenged. it isn’t about my mission, but it’s about His. 

Sometimes, God calls us to leave the comfortable, so He can open new doors in our lives. He awakens new desires(and ministries) inside of us when we take some time to step away from everything that we are familiar with. 

This summer has been training ground. It has been a season of preparation, preparation for the harvest that lies ahead. 

This summer, I have written my own bible studies, have taught to a group of people I had never met before, helped lead worship at Maryland camp, and have re-discovered my annointing. 

“Anointing cannot be manufactured, created or rehearsed…it is extracted through brokenness, pressing, and crushing. It is high price.” -Liz Shivers

I have discovered that sometimes we have to go through desert seasons. Yet, in the desert, there is a promise, there is a stream, there is an oasis, there is a hope. We must hold on, and look towards the things that are unseen. 

I have learned that humility is the key to unlocking great doors in ministry. 

God continually is teaching me the power of prayer. Even if we cannot see any results in the physical, there are things taking place in the spiritual, many of which we aren’t even aware of, which is why intercessory prayer is so important and vital.
He is giving me a new boldness, and has placed new dreams in my heart that are not mine, but His. 

This Maryland summer has been preparation for the road ahead. One year from now, I will be a college graduate. I have no idea where I will be, but I’m learning to trust Him every step of the way.

I have met some incredible human beings, and know that this trip to Maryland was divine. It’s hard to put it all into words. We might just have to grab a cup of coffee and have a conversation about it all. 

And, who knows…maybe I’ll be called into the uncomfortable again…maybe I’ll have to leave home again. Maybe I’ll have to leave California.  One thing I know, wherever He goes, and whatever He has placed on my heart, I must prayerfully consider and follow. It doesn’t always make sense in the moment, but one day, one encounter, one conversation, one relationship later and you’ll realize why he led you to that place. 

  

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