The old saying goes, “A journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step.” How many times do we find ourselves paralyzed because we had too many options for that first step? Or even worse, it looks completely barren and empty with nothing on the horizon. My big journey of how my South Asia mission trip started, lands somewhere in the middle.
From my experience, if God wants you somewhere, he will put you there. You can go kicking and screaming, ignore and sprint in the opposite direction, or you can accept it and run at it with all you have. Whatever you choose, you will ultimately end up in the place God has prepared and designed specifically for you. Once you accept what he has for you, he will guide you in small steps, one little thing at a time.
A little over 8 years ago, my brother had an internship in South Asia. While he was over there, he met a man who had been praying for three years that someone like my brother would come around and help him start a ministry that trains and sends out pastors to teach the gospel as well as provide food and education for children who cannot afford their daily needs.
Fast-forward to the summer of 2013. My brother encouraged me to create a team of students to go visit the now government-recognized non-profit that sponsored nine pastors and had eighteen children in their orphanage. Although I love traveling, it frightened me to think about all the details and “what-ifs” that could happen by taking students to a place that is far from familiar.
My brother and I ended up taking a trip to see if it would be a possible to bring back a team of college students. When I returned, I put in a proposal to see if we could take an official trip the following summer. I thought it would take a while to even be considered. I thought there would be a thousand hoops to jump through, and it wouldn’t realistically be possible. I was completely wrong. It felt like only minutes after I had turned in the proposal, I was sitting in a meeting discussing details. Within a week, I had a co-leader, we had an interest meeting, and we had chosen the team that would go on our first trip.
It was one of the first times I experienced my impossible becoming a reality. All the verses that talk about resting and giving God control came to life. Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know I am God.” Exodus 14:14: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” The list goes on. When you are walking in his plan, all you are asked to do is simply show up.
Today, we have chosen our third team and have tripled in size since we started. The non-profit we work with now sponsors eighteen pastors and thirty-five children. Last year, we added a new ministry site and we will be adding two more this year.
Wherever you are at, keep moving forward. You never know where one step will take you and the ripple effect it can have on others because of your obedience. My life may have been completely different if I would have remained stagnate. There would be about forty people who would have different summer plans. If my brother would have not said yes to an internship, the non-profit we work with may not exist. We don’t know. The bottom line is this: do not wait to start your journey. Take a small step each day.UMHB offers students a variety of ways to serve, including a number of international mission trip opportunities. If you’re looking for a college where you can grow spiritually and develop servant leadership, UMHB might be a great fit for you! We invite you to check out our website for more information, or stop by for a visit!