Many people have been asking me about what is next after graduation. Well, I have no idea what this upcoming year is going to look like, but I do know what is happening a week from graduation...I'm going to Uganda!
Here is a more detailed version, in the form of my support letter:
God has certainly been working in me throughout my senior year at Hope College. He has urged me, through words of encouragement, to remember the passion that He has placed in me for reaching out to others. This driving theme has challenged me to have deep conversations with people as well as shifting my outlook beyond my college bubble. Recently, I went on a Hope-sponsored mission trip to Stinking Creek, Kentucky during spring break. Fifteen students traveled together to work on Lend-a-Hand farm, located in a remote and poverty-stricken region of Appalachia, to aid the community surrounding the farm through tutoring and hosting a carnival for area children. It was such a wonderful and rewarding experience.
As I began to question what was next, God turned my focus internationally. Derek Levendusky, founder of the Ugandan Water Project and Isaiah Six Ministries, asked me if I would be willing to go to Uganda from May 11-21, 2009. The Ugandan Water Project is a Christian outreach to the Ugandan people through provision of water tanks. The Muslims are giving water for free to villagers who profess Islam and then sell it to Christians, thus contributing to the growth of Islam in Africa. Derek’s project aims to provide water to Christians and villagers for free. More information can be seen at http://www.isaiahsix.com/.
As I thought about the prospect, God spoke to me through various sources, confirming that I should go on the trip. Derek will be speaking at a pastors’ conference in Kampala, the capital city. From there, we will travel to check on some of the wells that Derek and his team were able to install in August of last year, as well as check out some potential sites. Our team of four will have the opportunity to meet many Ugandans and share the love of Christ with them. Derek has asked me to give a talk to the village women on Biblical womanhood, an honor that will put my public speaking skills to the test. The idea of going to Uganda causes me to shake my head in wonder of what God has done—and what he is going to do through this trip.
Before I leave and while I am in Uganda, would you be willing to stand with me and pray for my team members and me? I am asking God for protection, provision, and power to be evident in this trip. Only God can soften hearts, keep his children safe, and raise up Christians to proclaim the Gospel in Uganda. I would deeply appreciative for your prayers during this time.
To make this trip possible, I am raising $2,000 of support. This amount will cover the airfare, food, lodging, and transportation within Uganda. Will you consider supporting me in this adventure? Checks can be made out to Isaiah Six or you could contribute online at http://www.isaiahsix.com/. Anything that you give would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for being willing to pray for me and support me as I step out into what God has for me. I will be sure to let you know just what God accomplished on this trip! May His blessings be with you.